Positive Environments for Children’s Care, Learning and Development
Legislation is the law, which is put into practice in the childcare environment to prevent certain things happening and to ensure that other things are carried out. A policy is a proposed or adopted principle or plan of action which is used to help carry out the legislation. A procedure is an official or established way that the policy is carried out. All of these terms are used to help keep the children and staff in a childcare environment safe, healthy and looked after.
Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Management of Health and Safetly at Work Regulations 1999.
The Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 is a legislation, meaning it is a group of laws that need to be carried out in the workplace to maintain a safe environment. It is a primary piece of Legislation for childcare to make sure that the children and staff are kept healthy and safe. The aim of the legislation is to protect people against risks and hazards in the work place connected with activities and equipment in the work place that may harm a person’s health. The legislation also controls the use of hazardous, highly flammable and explosive substances.
This legislation links with the policy of Staff Training. Staff Training is vital in a childcare environment because it makes the staff aware of the health and safety that is needed to keep both children and staff safe. It gives the staff a chance to discuss issues related to their setting and gives them knowledge about any new policies or legislations that have been brought in recently. The staff need to be trained in many areas to do with health and safety, such as first aid. This is important because, for example, if an accident was to happen in the setting, someone who knows about first aid will have to be there to help out at the scene.
The Health and