Health and Safety

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1.1 Outline the health and safety policies and procedures of the work setting.

To protect children and adults in any setting there are a number of legal and regulatory requirements that one must follow. All early years settings have to comply with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation stage that was introduced in 2008 and every aspect of the welfare of children in all early years settings are covered, including:- safeguarding

suitable people
suitable premises and equipment
organisation
documentation.

In addition to the Early Years framework, health and safety legislation sets out legal requirements to keep not only children but people who work with children, be it, nursery workers, childminders and nannies safe in different situations in different settings.

As a Nanny working in the home of the children I care for I have talked with the children's parents about what Health and Safety policies and procedures should be followed in their home . It was agreed that at all times the house should be kept clean and tidy, all of the play equipment should be safe and in good working order and where appropriate conform to British standards. As I started working with the family when the youngest of the children was not walking we have ensured that safety gates, where needed, are put up so to avoid any accidents as he becomes more mobile.

We will all be responsible for the health and safety of not only the children but myself. I will ensure that all rooms, outdoor areas and equipment are checked at the start of my day and at the end of the day. Should there be any breakages and accidents during my time with the children I will be responsible for recording these and reporting them to the parents when they take over at the end of each day, should I find that any equipment is broken or damaged I will not use the equipment as it could harm both myself and the children.

1.2 Identify the lines of responsibilty and...
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