Sheet 3: Health, safety and hygiene
For this assessor visit, you will need to carry out a snack or mealtime routine in your placement. You will need to talk to your placement supervisor about this. Do this at least a week ahead of your assessor visit.
This visit will focus on your understanding of the Health and Safety and Food Management policies and procedures in your placement. You should be able to give your assessor a tour of the placement pointing out the relevant aspects. You also need to be aware of the Child Protection policy and the procedures relating to recording and reporting of child protection issues. You will need to explain how children’s nutritional needs are met. You will need to carry out a snack or mealtime routine demonstrating good hygiene practice and promoting children’s independence skills. Getting ready for Professional Discussion
During this Professional Discussion, your assessor may ask you questions and discuss your ideas about the following: The importance of health and safety in the placement
You will need to explain to your assessor what you understand about the importance of following the guidelines within the placement policy and procedures. This will include all aspects of health and safety within the placement, to include: ●
meeting the staff:child ratios (including off-site visits) ●
receiving children into the setting and ensuring their safety on departure ●
the giving of medication
understanding of manual handling, which is protecting yourself when lifting and handling children and equipment in the placement ●
risk assessments in the placement and how they are carried out and by whom ●
how a clean and hygienic workplace is maintained.
You need to know the correct procedures for recording and reporting accidents, incidents, emergencies and illness.
Health and safety practice in early years settings is covered in Unit 4 of the BTEC course. Balanced nutrition
You will need to explain to your assessor that you understand how to ensure children in the early years receive high-quality, balanced nutrition to meet their development needs. You need to show that you know what the current government guidance is on nutritional needs and describe how the setting provides support and education to both children and their parents/carers in encouraging healthy eating.
The requirements of a nutritious diet are covered in Unit 3 of the BTEC course: Meeting Children’s Physical Development, Physical Care and Health Needs. Child protection
You will need to explain what the policy states and what your responsibilities are with regards to recording and reporting information to the relevant person in the placement where abuse of a child or young person is suspected or when it is suspected that a crime has been/may be committed.
Child protection is covered in Unit 8 of the BTEC course.
Personal development plan
This will be an opportunity to discuss with your assessor how you are progressing and developing with both your written work and practice in the placement. You will need to identify and show, in a personal development plan, possible sources of support and how you can work with others to agree, review and prioritise your own learning needs, your professional interests and development opportunities. You will then agree your plan with the assessor.
You may not yet have covered some of these areas on your course, but you can still prepare for them by talking to your placement supervisor or course tutor and doing some independent reading.
Before this visit, you will need to speak to the supervisor to arrange the observation by your assessor of a snack time or mealtime. You should write down the routine so that your assessor can see it. You will need to demonstrate good hygiene procedures for both yourself and the children. Direct Observation
Your assessor will observe you preparing the area with health and safety in mind. You need to think about the...
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