Outcome 1 - Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety
These are the following principles to consider when you are planning safe environments or activities with children. Most of them are just plain common sense, just remember though everyone is an individual and may have particular needs.
The following points will help you in your planning: • Every child is an individual – with different needs depending on their age and abilities, for an example, when physical play is involved more consideration must be given to a child who has become mobile than to an older child, when planning room layouts. • Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments; for example think about the challenges to a child with limited hearing understanding explanations about safety • The different needs of families and carers must be considered • Always be clear about why you are using the environment in question, the activities a child encounters and what sort of services are offered • The Duty Of Care of a setting to children, parents and carers is a legal obligation. You should always have the child’s care and safety and welfare uppermost in 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 liked to their age; for example the EYFS for children under 5 years of age
A daily risk assessment is done within my setting; checking toys are safe, clean and not damaged. Toilet facilities are checked to make sure they are clean and soap and paper towels and toilet rolls are available. Fire exits and walkways are not blocked and check that floors are not slippery.
In my setting children are recorded what time they arrive and depart