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Describe what factors you need to take into account when planning and arranging indoor or outdoor environments for the children or young people with whom you work.
The health and safety requirements of all young people and adults must be taken into consideration before starting any learning activity and it must be ensured that the learning environment is free from any hazard that could affect a person’s health and safety. The duty of care of a setting to children, young people, parents and carers is a legal obligation that should always have the child’s safety and welfare uppermost in mind when planning. The desired outcomes for the child and young people are the starting point. Most activities with children and young people should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcomes linked to their age. It is not a mindless work that requires only staying with a child. It has to be well planned and thought thorough as what needs to be done for a child to be healthy, safe and stimulated to learn. When planning an activity it has to be made sure it’s the right environment for the activity. * There should be enough room for children and young people to move freely around the learning area. They should be able to access all the learning resources safely without causing risk to any other individual. * Light and noise:
There should always be sufficient light to enable the children to work in comfort. * Loud noises can be unsettling for some children, especially those with autism. A quiet calm classroom environment will be crucial for these children to ensure their comfort. Sometimes it may not be possible to have a silent class but instilling class rules will enable the children to be calm.
Describe the legislation, policies and procedures that are followed in your setting.
The setting in which you provide care are generally covered by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA). This Act has been updated and supplemented by many sets of regulations and guidelines, which extend it, support it and explain it. The regulations most likely to affect your workplace are as follows:-
Manual Handling Regulations 1992
Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations 2002 (COSHH) Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR). Health and Safety First Aid Regulations 1981
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
There are many regulations, laws and guidelines dealing with health and safety. You do not need to know the detail but you do need to know where your responsibilities begin and end.
The laws place certain responsibilities on both the employers and employees. For example, it is up to the employer to provide a safe place to work, but the employee also has to show reasonable care for his/her own safety.
The Employer has to:
provide a safe workplace
ensure there is safe access to and from the workplace
provide information on health and safety
provide health and safety training
The Worker must:
take reasonable care for their own safety and that of others •
co-operate with the employer in respect of health and safety matters •
not intentionally damage any health and safety equipment or materials provided by the employer
Both the employee and the employer are jointly responsible for safeguarding the health and safety of anyone using the premises.
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