Unit 027, 1.1 - Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services.
When providing a healthy and safe environment both inside and outside the nursery, there are factors myself and other practitioners need to consider; individual children and any specific needs they may have, for example at my work place we a baby with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes restricted growth, poor core muscle strength, learning difficulties, behavioural problems such as temper tantrums or stubbornness and a permanent feeling of hunger which will start between the age of 2 and 8 years old. The practitioners who work with the baby must always consider her needs in relation to her condition, for example as the baby has poor core strength, she will be supported be using a doughnut shaped pillow and other toys that can support her weight such as play station, please see examples of both below.
We must also consider the needs of families, the environment being used, legal obligations, the EYFS and the lines of responsibilities.
Below I have outlined each factor and have given explanations of my duties in relation to planning a healthy and safe environment.
Individual children and any specific needs where applicable – * All activities, toys and equipment must be suitable for each child’s age, ability, mobility, interests and emotional needs. This means the activities, toys and equipment must be suitable for each child such as when working with babies, I use toys such as rattles to make sound, soft books with colourful and bright pictures, and tactile toys for touching, these help a baby explore different textures, colours and sounds. * Ensuring all fixtures and fittings are in good working order. This ensures their environment is safe thus reducing the likely hood of an accident. * Ensuring all medical needs are meet for those children who require medication.