Factor| Indoor environment| Outdoor environment|
Age and ability of the children| * Age appropriate chairs and height of table. For example in year 3 the chairs and height of table are different of that to a year 6 classroom. * SEN are given the correct equipment to aid them | * Age-appropriate equipment for example soft ball for foundation stage playground and normal football for the KS3 children * Foundation stage children have separate play grounds. * Check safety requirements and whether it is developmentally suitable for them.| Individual needs of the children| * Making sure the safety of the children is met. * SEN children require individual one to one support at times. * The correct equipment is available.| * The outside boundaries need to be secure. * Check if playground is safe from litter, broken glass and animal droppings. * The toys and equipment is equally shared out.| Sensory impairments| * Good lighting * Ensure learners have the correct amount of natural light and any enhanced lighting needed for any specific activity. * If a child requires a hearing aid.| * In serious cases an adult could assist the child in outdoor activities. * Separate equipment that helps them to recognise it. * Floor markings that helps them see for example faded out markings should be repainted. It could be a game of hopscotch.| Needs of families and carers| * If there’s a language barrier the school could provide an interpreter that could help them. * Creating awareness by giving them visitor badges.| * Any school visitors are asked to sign in and out in case of a fire. * Children have different exits so it’s easier for the families and carers to pick their children up.| Function and purpose of the environment| * Wet and dry play area in foundation stage has the correct signs and equipment. * Reading corner in year three is child friendly with a calming atmosphere and set out for example a lamp, fairy lights, colourful pictures, familiar books that are already there, sofas, beanbags.| * In foundation stage outdoor area they have a hopscotch painting on the floor. * Wet area and waterproof jackets. * Sand castles and equipment for the sand pit. * They have a boundary gate only accessible for adults with a code. * They have a hut where children can take shade in maybe rainy weathers or extremely sunny weathers.| The duty of care| * Children need to feel safe and comfortable. * All equipment is stored safely. * Cleaning products are stored safely. * Hazard signs are placed when needed for example mopped floors need a warning sign.| * Staff that are on playground duty should always be alert. * All accidents taken place are reported and recorded and first aiders should be notified. * All equipment should be regularly checked. * Any broken glass or rubbish should be cleaned up.| Desired outcomes for children and young people| * Age appropriate resources are available. * All children needs are met.| * Encouraging them to play with the equipment correctly. * Keeping them safe| Lines of responsibility and accountability| * Caretakers responsibility to keep halls, corridors and toilets safe and clean. * The teacher has a responsibility for the safety of the class. * Management is in charge of fire drills. | * Caretaker is in charge of the school perimeter. * Staff that are on playtime duty are aware of hazards. * Staff who are in charge of equipment keep up the standards of it by testing it. |
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