UNIT MU 2.4
CONTRIBUTE TO CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE´S HEALTH AND SAFETY 1 KNOW THE HELTH AND SAFETY POLICIES OF THE WORK SETTING.
The policy of my work setting is to provide and maintain safe and healthy working conditions, equipment and systems of work for all employees and safe environment for the children to be cared and educated in. The policies also give all members of staff guidelines on how to manage situations and what safety equipment should be used to protect employees at all the times. Some of the health and safety arrangements in the nursery are: * All staffs are responsible for the general health and safety in the nursery. * Risk assessments are to be conducted on all areas of the nursery. * All outings away from the nursery will have to include a prior risk assessment. * All areas will be checked thoroughly by staff before children access the area. * All staff and students will receive appropriate training in all areas of health and safety to include risk assessment, manual handling and fire safety. * We have a clear accident and first aid policy to follow in the case of any person in the nursery suffering injury from an accident or incident. * We have a clear fire safety policy and procedure which support the prevention of fire and the safe evacuation of all persons in the nursery. * All health and safety matters are reviewed informally on an ongoing basis and formally annually or when something changes. Some of the health and safety policies included:
* ACCIDENT AND FIRST AID: This ensures all parties are supported and cared for, and their health, safety and welfare is protected throughout their time in the nursery. * ALLERGIES AND ALLERGIC REACTION POLICY: This ensures that allergic reactions are prevented and staffs are fully aware of how to support a child who may be having an allergic reaction. * SUN CARE POLICY: This ensures that all children are fully protected from the damage of too much sun. * VISITS POLICY: This policy states that all visitors must sing the Visitor´s Book on arrival and departure. * NAPPY CHANGE POLICY: This sets out the procedure of how to change a nappy and where to dispose it. LINES OF RESPONSIBILITY
The person responsible for health and safety in the nursery is Emma Deadman. However, it is also all employees responsibility to take reasonable care of themselves and others.
(Assistant Deputy Principal)
Any Senior Nursery Nurse
Any Junior Staff
THE RISK ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Risk assessment is a method of preventing accidents and ill health by helping people to think about what could go wrong and devising ways to prevent problems. HOW TO CARRY OUT A RISK ASSESSMENT,
LOOK FOR HAZARDS
DECIDE WHO MIGHT BE HARMED AND HOW
WEIGH UP THE RISK
DECIDE WHETHER EXISTING PRECAUTIONS ARE ENOUGH
IF NOT, DECIDE WHAT FURTHER PRECAUTIONS ARE NEEDED TO REDUCE THE RISK
RECORD YOUR FINDINGS
My work setting has an annual risk assessment every year. The nursery also has a Daily Premises Checklist that needs to be filled out every morning, if any problem were found the health and safety will fill out a risk assessment form.
2. BE ABLE TO RECOGNISE RISKS AND HAZARDS IN THE WORK SETTING AND DURING OFF SITE VISIT. SAFE BUT CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENT
An interesting and challenging play environment can enrich and expand children’s play, generate feelings of well-being and self worth, and promote positive relationships. It extends a wide range of important possibilities to children: to have contact with nature; to test and expand their interests and abilities; to make their own explorations and discoveries; to play without undue adult involvement; to interact, make change and transform their surroundings. Children who are sheltered or overprotected from risk and challenged when young will not be able to make judgements about their own strengths and skills, and will be poorly equipped to resist...
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