The health and safety requirements of all pupils and adults must be taken into consideration before starting any learning activity and we must ensure that the learning environment is free from any hazard that could affect a person’s health and safety. We have a duty of care to provide a safe and secure learning environment for our children and to ensure their comfort and needs are met, regardless of age, and ability. There are certain factors that should always be taken into account when planning healthy and safe activities; The general space;
There should be enough room for children to move freely around the learning area. They should be able to access all the learning resources safely without causing risk to any other individual. Light and noise;
There should always be sufficient light to enable the children to work in comfort, however over head lights can be harsh and can cause discomfort over prolonged periods of time. Blinds need to be used at all windows to ensure that sunlight can be restricted and the room kept cool. Loud noises can be unsettling for some children, especially those with autism. A quiet calm classroom environment will be crucial for these children to ensure their comfort. Sometimes it may not be possible to have a silent class but instilling class rules will enable the children to be calm more easily. Specific risks to individuals;
There are a few specific risks that will only affect a certain individual at any one time that will need to be taken into consideration. A child, young person or adult with a sensory impairment will need to have their individual needs taken into consideration when planning to guarantee their safety. Those with a visual impairment will need clear access to tables and work spaces with extra care being taken to ensure no obstacles cause a risk or hazard. A pregnant adult, either Teacher,...