A duty of care is a legal obligation imposed on an individual requiring that they adhere to a standard of reasonable care while performing any acts that could foreseeable harm others. A definition from Wikipedia. A duty of care is required in every work place and a greater duty or care is needed especially with younger children being as they are more vulnerable. A duty of care ensures support and care for individuals are provided at the required level within the law and also within the policies and procedures. It is something put in place to ensure staffs work with one another in professional and best manner possible, therefore giving service user an exceptional service needed. Our setting works to the guidance and instruction of the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) framework to ensure that we treat the children to the best of our abilities. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the framework that provides assurance to parents and carers that the early year’s providers which they choose will keep their children safe and help them to exceed their ability. The overall aim of the EYFS is to help young children achieve the five every child matters outcomes (staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making positive contribution, and achieving economic wellbeing). By improving quality and consistency in the early year’s sector we ensure a duty of care is in place by doing a number of things such as; * Within our setting we carry out daily checks to ensure that the environment inside and outside is safe before the morning session starts. * We have daily cleaning rotas to ensure the session is clean and we are stopping the spread of infection. * Ensuring that staffs have been trained in first Aid and that we have access to equipment. * To complete accident forms when an accident occurs.
* Body forms to indicate if a child comes in from home and the parent/carer tells us of a mark on the child or a member of staff notices a mark on them the form is then signed by the parent/carer at the end of the session. A duty of care contributes to the safe guarding and protection of the service users in a variety a ways for example by risk assessments regularly taking place ensures all equipment, facilities, toys, ect are safe. Also by risk assessing factors such as toys and making sure they are age appropriate for the children in our care enables children to reach their potential and challenge their knowledge an also ensure they are safe. Assessing the setting and making sure there are no potential hazards like hazardous materials being left out or electrical sockets being left uncovered, this allows service users to be safe within setting an at lowest possible risk of injury. By Ensuring the setting is clean and hygiene levels are at a high help to stop the spread of infection. Also making sure that food is stored properly to stop cross-infection or contamination and the kitchen is always clean to stop the spread of bacteria and germs, thus resulting in risk of service user becoming ill. Another way is to set clear expectations and boundaries for children’s behaviour, by doing this there are rules put into place to give children guidance and enforce them to respect one another. For example with my work setting we enforce sharing, taking turns, partaking in cooking sessions with one another. We enforce group work and praise children and reward them when good behaviour is shown for example a stars chart, where if a child shows exceptionally good behaviour in a situation they are rewarded with a star which is then placed by their name. Whoever has most stars at end of school week the child is acknowledged and presented with a star of the week certificate in front of class. Also by using strategies to discourage bad behaviour that could possibly lead to the harm of others are put in to place to ensure every child is as risk free as possible. For example within the setting if a child is exceedingly disruptive or...
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