Health and Safety in Childcare

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Unit 009 Health and Safety

Activity
Find out what your settings policy and procedure is on health and safety and where it is kept. Write down your understanding of this policy and procedure. At Highfield children’s centre copies of the health and safety policies and procedures are kept in the main office, in the head teacher’s office and in the family support office. Highfield children’s centre has a family support team linked to the nursery. The health and safety policy and procedure is set out to protect and safeguard children and staff both in the school and on school visits. The head teacher is the named officer in charge of the health and safety within the setting. The officer in charge will give other staff members certain tasks that they will be able to carry forward linked to the health and safety policy and procedure. These tasks and responsibilities are given to staff members and the officer in charge will keep up to date with the goings on of the setting through talking to the member of staff responsible for that certain task. The officer in charge will also inform the LEA (Local Education Authority) of the staff she has allocated for each task. ➢ Health and Safety policy and procedures are reviewed annually. ➢ All staff needs to have a copy of the Health and Safety policy statement. This includes Permanent and Temporary staff. ➢ Risk Assessments are carried out and reviewed on a regular basis. ➢ Health and Safety tours carried out frequently to accommodate significant changes to the building, equipment, work practices and personnel. ➢ Accidents must to be recorded in the accident book.

➢ Incident forms must be filled in when needed and filed in the correct folder. ➢ Accident book is kept in the main office with other policies and procedures. The accident book is for staff as well as children. ➢ Named first aider is stated in the policy and procedures.

Activity
Write down more suggestions on how you would ensure safety in your setting and how you would adapt the environment to ensure safety for all the children. Take into account their age, needs and abilities and any special educational needs. ➢ Make sure you know and understand the settings Health and Safety policy and procedures. ➢ Always check the equipment before use for any signs of damage and also that it is clean. ➢ Make sure you are never left with a large group of children and no other staff member. ➢ The legal adult to child ratio has been set within the Health and Safety policy and therefore needs to be abided by for the Safety of the children and the staff. I have noticed that when the children come in from outside play in the morning and the afternoon they will hang their coats up in a hurry together with hats, scarf’s and gloves. This will cause other coats to fall off coat pegs and scatter the floor. I pick up coats that have fallen onto the floor so that children do not trip or slip on them. Hats, scarfs and gloves may get lost if they are left lying around the floor. Children that have laces that are not tied properly could trip over themselves and cause accidents.

Activity
Find out the adult to child ratios for the following age groups. 0 – 12 months 1 adult to 3 children - At least one member of staff must hold a full or relevant level 3 qualification as defined by Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC) and have suitable experience of working with children under two and at least half of other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification defined by Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC). At least half the staff must have received specific training in the care of babies. 0 – 2 years 1 adult to 3 children - At least one member of staff must hold a full or relevant level 3 qualification as defined by Children’s Workforce Development Council and have suitable experience of working with children under two and at least half of other staff must hold a...
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