When planning health and safety for indoor and outdoor environments you need to know the age group and ability of each child you are planning for. For example if you are planning for children who are completely mobile the layout of the room/ outside space must be different to those who have just learnt to walk or are not mobile at all. In our setting we have separate rooms for ages 0-1 and 1-2, I believe this is better than having a 0-2 room for the simple reason when a child reaches 1 they begin to be mobile, therefore have separate needs and room space then with a younger baby where bigger apparatus may not be suitable. Other factors that must be taken into account are children with special requirements that may have an impairment such as limited sight or hearing, there must be regulations put into place so these children are just as aware of the safety risks around them, taking into account the space, light and noise surrounding the specific activity. You must also know what the desired outcome of the activity you are planning is, according to Tassoni et al (2010:136), “Most activities with children and young people should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcome linked to their age”. The key to planning is organisation and knowing the children you are planning for. Remember that each child is an individual and needs an individual care plan. It all comes down to your own responsibility and duty of care, avoiding negligence which would lead to harm in other people, in this case, making sure you check every aspect of planning for environments and that they are safe for the children they will entertain.
1.2, Explain how health and safety is monitored and maintained and how people in the work setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely Health and Safety is monitored
Bibliography: Penny Tassoni, Kate Beith, Kath Bulman, Sue Griffin, 2010, Children & Young People’s Workforce, Essex, Heinemann http://www.teachingexpertise.com/articles/supporting-young-children-to-engage-with-risk-and-challenge-2089 - Supporting young children to engage with risk and challenge – 12/10/2013