Key components of a healthy and safe home-based environment: To ensure a healthy environment you must meet the four coloured EYFS themes and legal requirements and also children’s (ACT2004). Every child matters:
.enjoy & achieve
.make positive contribution
.achieve anomic well-being
The four coloured themes of the eyfs development matters which are a •
equals learning and development.
These four themes and the principles that inform them work together to help children reach their full potential in turn leads to the children feeling happy and valued, using observation assessment and planning builds the foundations children need for good future learning. There are seven areas of learning and development which you must use to plan educational activities. Children learn best when they are healthy, safe and secure when they are treated as individuals and their needs are met and they have formed positive relationships with the adults caring for them. The safeguarding and welfare requirements set out in the eyfs are designed to help you to create environments that are welcoming, safe and stimulating. All childminders need to have •health and safety policies and procedures including hygiene •Child protection policies and procedures
•Inclusion, equality and diversity policy
•Accident illness and emergency policy and procedures
All aspects of the home and garden and any outings should be assed for risks and written risk assessments should be in place and checked on a daily bases. All meals snacks and drinks provided must be healthy and healthy eating and the effect it has on the body and mind should be promoted. principles of safe supervision of children in the home-based setting and off site: Childminders need to take positive steps to promote safety within the setting and also whilst on outings. We cannot always shield minded children from all potential hazards but we should make sure that proper precautions are taken to prevent accidents. Risk assessments/policies
The first step into thinking about safe supervision of children is to be aware of the risks and hazards in your own setting. By recognizing these risks and creating plans, including actions that can be taken to prevent them, we can be better prepared within our provision. Risk assessments for all outings should be in place and for routine visits to play groups. Security
Premises indoors and out should be secure. Children should not be able to get out on their own, unsupervised. All children should be supervised at all times (especially on outings). Doors should be locked and keys away from the reach of children. Children should only be handed over to the adult that you have seen and arranged to collect them. providing appropriate levels of supervision
Cildminders are allocated a certain number of children they are allowed to mind at one time set out in the eyfs. Childminders may care for no more than six children under the age of eight of these six, no more than three under five and only one under one any care of older children should not affect the care of the younger children. If the childminder can prove to parents and inspectors that the individual needs of all children are being met then slight deviations to the rule may be allowed for example if there are sibling babies or childminders own baby. So during the day a childminder will never have more than four children one of them being under one this is so you can manage the right level of supervision for each child. Striking the balance between encouraging small risks so children can build confidence and self-esteem and keeping them safe is sometimes hard we all want the children in our care to progress and learn to do new things by themselves but we still...
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