Teaching Assistant Level 3

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Assignment 2
Teaching Assistant

Tracey Parkes

Student Number TRA851PA

Question 1

List ten important safety points for establishing a healthy, safe and secure environment.

One.

The individual needs, age and abilities of the children and young people.

You should take any specific needs of pupils into account when setting up the environment-for example the age, abilities and needs of the children with whom you are working. You should in particular take note of any pupils who have special educational needs (SEN). Furniture should be an appropriate size for the age of the children, so that they are able to sit comfortably when working. Children should not be hunched over tables which are to small or have difficulty in sitting normally. Also all materials must be age appropriate for their level of development of all pupils, for example for young children, small objects are potentially a choking hazard.

Two.

The duty of care.

As we have a duty of care towards pupils, we should ensure that they are comfortable and safe and that the environment is secure and conductive to learning. Equipment should be stored safely so that it does not present a hazard. Drawers and storage should be clearly marked so that it is clear where different equipment is kept and pupils are able to find it easier.

Three.

Outdoor spaces.

Outdoor areas to be used by children should be secure and boundaries regularly inspected to ensure that they are safe. Outside areas should also be checked regularly to ensure that they are tidy and any litter, broken glass, or animal mess has been cleaned up. If you are responsible for putting out equipment make sure that the children are aware of how it is to be used. Reinforce rules wherever possible to remind them how to behave. Any equipment should always be appropriate to the space available and should be put away safely. Plants can also be dangerous-thorns or nettles should be kept back and any poisonous plants noted and/or removed.

Four.

Safety equipment.

Staff will need to ensure that safety equipment which is provided for use when carrying out activities is always used. This will include safe use of tools which are used for subjects such as design and technology, or gloves or goggles when handling materials in science activities. All pupils must listen carefully and follow instructions on the use of equipment and materials during all activities.

Five.

Specific risks to individuals.

You should take any specific risks to individuals into account. These may include pregnancy, sensory, impairment or other needs which will impact on the way in which you plan the environment or carry out activities. Pupils should always be advised never to put any objects into their mouths during learning activities unless otherwise instructed to do so by the adult in charge. When doing cooking or tasting activities pupils would be given permission to sample the food.

Six.

Review and revise your health, safety and security procedure in line with changing circumstances and requirements and to make improvements.

Seven.

Make sure children and adults in the setting are following health, safety and security procedures, providing them with health and support when necessary. Pupils should not come in to contact (touch) electrical equipment when they have wet hands.

Eight.

Encourage children to help manage risk for themselves. All pupils should be taught how to use, arrange and store P.E. apparatus in the correct way and safely as appropriate to their age and level of development. All accidents which may occur should always be reported either to the teacher or teaching assistant as soon as possible to ensure their own safety and the safety of others.

Nine.

Promoting healthy behaviours.

Students who are physically healthy are better learners. Promote good health in your classroom by explaining to your students the importance of good nutrition...
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