Student Number TRA851PA
List ten important safety points for establishing a healthy, safe and secure environment.
The individual needs, age and abilities of the children and young people.
You should take any specific needs of pupils into account when setting up the environment-for example the age, abilities and needs of the children with whom you are working. You should in particular take note of any pupils who have special educational needs (SEN). Furniture should be an appropriate size for the age of the children, so that they are able to sit comfortably when working. Children should not be hunched over tables which are to small or have difficulty in sitting normally. Also all materials must be age appropriate for their level of development of all pupils, for example for young children, small objects are potentially a choking hazard.
The duty of care.
As we have a duty of care towards pupils, we should ensure that they are comfortable and safe and that the environment is secure and conductive to learning. Equipment should be stored safely so that it does not present a hazard. Drawers and storage should be clearly marked so that it is clear where different equipment is kept and pupils are able to find it easier.
Outdoor areas to be used by children should be secure and boundaries regularly inspected to ensure that they are safe. Outside areas should also be checked regularly to ensure that they are tidy and any litter, broken glass, or animal mess has been cleaned up. If you are responsible for putting out equipment make sure that the children are aware of how it is to be used. Reinforce rules wherever possible to remind them how to behave. Any equipment should always be appropriate to the space available and should be put away safely. Plants can also be dangerous-thorns or nettles should be kept back and any poisonous plants