1) Describe three factors to consider when planning indoor and outdoor environments and services (1.1)?
* every morning-should be rooms checked and inspected visually- windows, doors, taps, toilet flushes- if they work properly, emergency exits must be clear and easy to open from inside, electrical sockets covered, room temperature checked, heaters covered, all chemicals out of the reach of children. * all play equipment and toys- checked for wear and tear-all screws and fittings should be secure, no sharp or dangerous edges. * cleanliness of the general environment- toilet should be cleaned and regularly checked, spillages or signs of infestation by pest cleaned immediately. Outdoor -every morning- staff have to remove all foreign objects present that could cause harm or injury to any children or visitors ( broken equip, litter or dog faeces)
- play equipment inspected- safe for children to play on (checked for wear and tear, surfaces of slides, steps and swings clean and dry etc)
- boundary fencing and gates- inspected and in good condition, not able to be opened by children.
- any standing water removed
- sand pits covered when not in use
- appropriate adult-child ratios are maintained- supervising person should be able to see all children.
2) How is health and safety monitored and maintained in your organisation (1.2)? We have Health and safety coordinator in our organization who is responsible for respecting all the health and safety rules by staff and visitors. Failure to observe them will be considered to be a breach of the contract of employment and will result in disciplinary action being taken (criminal offence and action taken by an Enforcing Officer against and individual may result in heavy penalties).
It is the duty of all staff to co-operate with management in fulfilling our legal obligations in relation to health and safety.