There are many different sources of current guidance that early years and educational settings can use in order to plan for a healthy and safe environment or service, including the following: Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – Covers all aspects of health and safety in all work environments and also provides guidance for those specifically working with children and young people, for instance, risk education guidance, general teaching requirement for health and safety guidance and incident reporting guidance, all of which are in place for staff to plan and provide healthy and safe environments and services for those in their care (Health and Safety Executive, 2011). HSE also provides health and safety guidance on workers roles and responsibilities and risk management in its ‘Your Health, Your Safety: A Guide For Workers’ guidance and ‘Health and Safety Law’ guidance. HSE’s guidance is in place so that workers and businesses can follow and plan for a healthy and safe environment (Health and Safety Executive, 2009).
Department for Education In Northern Ireland – Provides guidance that is appropriate for pre-school settings and can be used by staff to review, develop and promote good practice. Their guidance outlines a range of health and safety aspects to consider when planning and providing an environment or service for children and young people (Department For Education, 2005).
St John Ambulance – Follows the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and takes into account all aspects of first aid. Staff have up to date and regular training to ensure a safe and healthy working environment. It is used as a guide to overcome any medical problems in the workplace (St John Ambulance, 2011).
The British Red Cross – Can be used as a resource for children’s first aid training. Staff may attend British Red Cross training days in order to plan and provide a safe environment. Once completing courses, staff will have an understanding and knowledge of what to do in a range...