Providing a safe environment for children and young people requires knowledge of hazards and an ability to access and manage risk.
1.1 Factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services
3.1 Why it is important to take a balanced approach to risk management It is important to take a balanced approach to risk management because when a child is about to do an activity, challenge or task there can be many pro’s and con’s to this, for example, if a child climbs a tree you would let them do this as it helps the child to understand their own judgement and risk assessment, to build on their confidence, you would not let the child climb the biggest tree but a tree so that if they fall they will not damage themselves badly. It is important to take a balanced approach so that you do not stop the child from challenging activities, but make sure they are safe while doing so. 3.2 The dilemma between the rights and choices of children and young people and health and safety requirements Children have many choices to make throughout the day in their play, getting to know their own limits and starting to understand what they can and cannot do, and also what they can achieve, but with this also comes dilemma’s which children go through as they grow up, for example, a child has climbed up on to a table and realises it is very high but the child is still tempted to jump to see what happens out of curiosity. This is the dilemma of weather to make the right or wrong choice, knowing they want to jump but that they might hurt themselves. This is why anyone caring for children needs to assess the risk around the child’s environment as children have no fear. 3.3 Practice’s of supporting children and young people to assess and manage risk In my setting we care for children aged between 6 months – 5 years, I am currently in the toddler room, on this...