What is a risk assessment?
A risk assessment is something that helps to protect yourself and the people around you. It is a requirement in law to complete a risk assessment in every work environment so that you can avoid any accidents that may cause anyone to hurt themselves.
It also helps a lot when working with children in a setting, if you are planning an activity you can think about what risks might happen from the activity then you can assess on how to avoid those risks so they don’t happen. You can usually make your own mind up about what a risk is and then how to avoid it but you have to take into consideration what would be a risk to and adult compared to a child as a child will think differently to an adult.
A risk assessment can be carried out when planning trips as there are a lot of potential hazards and risks from that, also when you are doing an activity in the classroom or planning outings.
When carrying out a risk assessment you need to adapt it to where the activity is going to be, so if you are doing something outdoors the hazards may be different from doing the same activity indoors.
If you don’t do a risk assessment a child or a member of staff can be badly hurt or if anything serious happens to a child a parent may sue.
Risk assessments are a good way to focus on each step of the activity and think about the potential hazards along the way.
This gives you plenty of opportunity to change all or part of the activity.
This is why risk assessments are an important part of planning activities in schools and nursery’s.
How to prevent the risk
Painting- Indoor (2 year old) • Eating the paint.
• Supervise the children at all times and tell the children that paint does not go in our mouths.
• Poking another child with the paintbrush.
• Supervise the children, only have a few children painting at one time so it is not too busy at the table.
• Dropping the paint on the floor and slipping on it.