Children and Young People
1.1) Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services.
When planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor activities there are many factors that we need to take into account. For example one of these could be the individual needs of the child. Children need different activities and environments set out differently depending on their age group. We need to make sure that the groups we are running meet the needs of the children that the group is aimed at. Play and Stay is a group that is accessible for 0-5 years old. When planning this group we need to make sure that it fits the needs of the children attending without implementing risk towards them. So in Play and Stay we insure that we have activities that the children need. We have a baby corner set out for under ones or less mobile babies for example we would have; soft flooring clean age appropriate toys that comply with the British safety standards, stimulating e.g. teething toys, diff textures, make diff sounds – things to help them promote crawling/walking i.e. walkers. Because babies regularly put toys into their mouth, the equipment needs to be kept clean and sterile to prevent cross contamination and infection. For older children who would have more mobile equipment like slides, bikes and climbing frames the safety factors to take into consideration are the maintained of the equipment e.g. making sure it’s safe, all hinges and screws etc work properly. The space to use the equipment safely for example you wouldn’t have bikes in a small enclosed room. The type of floor, if I had a climbing frame outside is the floor soft so that if a child falls they are at less risk of harm. Also staff ratios. Is there enough staff for the environment the children are in. As well as making sure that the equipment/toys are age appropriate and safe. It is important that children are in a safe