1. Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services
In my setting these are the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services: • The individual's needs, age and abilities of the children and young people • Specific risks to individuals such as Autism, staff-pregnancy, sensory impairments • The function and purpose of environments and services offered • The duty of care
• Desired outcomes for the children and young people
• Lines of responsibility and accountability.
In my setting every activity has to be planned: This means that I plan for the unexpected or unusual to happen. So my foremost plan is to be alert. Therefore, I am alert when planning an activity; making sure the location or setting of what I plan to do with the Children is the right environment for the activity for example if I was using bikes and scooters in the play area outside. Before allowing the children to play outside I would carry out a garden check, I would make sure sure the main gate to the setting was locked and that all other fences and gates were secure, I would clean away any rubbish/ animal feaces, I would also ensure that the equipment; i.e bikes and scooters are in safe and good working condition. During a garden check I check that the plants are not of a danger to anyone, for example, nettles. Once outside I would ensure the bikes and scooters are used in the proper manner and with plenty of space so in my setting we would not use them indoors as there is not enough space they would be used outside. I am aware that a varied environment supports Children and Young people’s learning and development, it gives them confidence to explore and learn in safe and secure yet challenging indoor or outdoor space. In my setting risk assessments are carried out for all activities and regular checks are carried out around the setting daily. A member of staff checks the toilets multiple times a day to ensure there is soap for the children to wash there hands and that the bathroom is stocked with toilet roll and paper towels, the children are always supervised in the toilet. In my setting we have planning meetings every week to ensure the children always have an activty to participate in, the tables in the room will always have an activity going on for the children to join in on if they wish. We plan our activites based on what we have observed the children have been interested in that week.
2. Explain how health and safety is monitored and maintained and how people in the work setting are made aware of risks and hazards and encouraged to work safely
Health and safety is monitored and maintained in a verity of ways within the setting, there is a Healthy and Safety policy, which is shared with all staff, outlining the main areas. Staff training is kept up to date. Risk assessments are carried out regularly including a daily check of the environment which is being used, a full risk assessment of tools, equipment and the environment is carried out termly. The setting manager is responsible for health and safety and any risks identified should be directed to her, she will then decide the best process to rectify them. Regular staff meetings are held where any issues can be raised and a member of staff is present at Hall meetings where any issues covered by the owners of the hall can be addressed. Children, parents staff and visitors are made aware of any issues concerning health and safety to help minimise any risks and to ensure children are able to thrive in a healthy environment.
3. Identify sources of current guidance for planning healthy and safe environments and services
Guidance is not law and is not compulsory, however there are many different sources of guidance that settings can use in order to plan a healthy and safe environment.
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