1.1 Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy & safe indoor & outdoor environments & services.
There are a number of important principles to think about when you are planning for healthy and safe environments or activities with children. Most of these are common sense but you need to remember that everyone is an individual and may have different needs. There are several points to take into consideration when planning safety:
· Every child is an individual – with different needs depending on their age and abilities. You must think about this when planning activities.
· Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments.
· The different needs of families and careers must be considered.
· Always be clear about why you are using the environment in question, the activities a child encounters and what sorts of services are offered.
· The duty of care of a setting to children, parents and careers is a legal obligation. You should always have the child’s safety and welfare in the front of your mind when planning.
· The desired outcomes for the children are the starting point. Most activities with children should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcomes linked to their age.
· Lines of responsibility and accountability are down to everyone that is employed in a setting, responsibility for the health and safety of children and staff are down to all employers and there should be clear reporting responsibilities.
When I plan I ensure that the location/setting of what I plan to do with the Children is the right environment for the activity. I ensure that I account for all possibilities. If I were using bikes or scooters I would check that the bikes or scooters were in good working condition and safe. I would ensure the equipment (bikes or scooters) are used in the proper manner and