Health and Safety
In my setting I carry out risk assessments of the areas I work such as toddler room or outside in the garden. I have given the toddler room as an example in the diagram below.
First of all I will be checking the whole room to make sure that it is safe for the toddlers to be in. I will be making sure that all the lights in the room are working correctly and I unlock the fire exit door as this will be in use to get out in the event of a fire. The activity areas are safe for example there are no objects or spillage that will endanger the health and safety of the children. I will make sure that all areas in the room are checked and checked on a risk assessment check list and any issues are dealt with appropriately.
In my setting it is very important to recognise the risks in and around the premises as well as the activities that happen and the children is going to be involved in. For me to assess the risks in advance help reduce the risk to the children in my care and also the other staff around me. The examples of the different types of risks I will need to consider are:
1. Physical risk
2. Personal safety risk
3. Security risk
4. Emotional risk
5. Food safety risk
6. Fire risk
The risks to each child are different from child to child. I will be assessing the risks for each child in my care and the first thing I will do is to consider their age in order to identify the risks for example if I am planning an activity I will look at the hazards and the chances of it occurring and the measures I will put in place to reduce the risk. If I am doing a painting activity with the children there will be a risk that the children will paint their hands or clothes and in worst cases the put the paint in their mouth. It is important I let them enjoy it and experience the risk of getting their hands and clothes messy as long as they are having fun. The next time I do the same activity or a similar activity, they will learn from their experience the risks involved in getting messy and will be more careful this time. Each time I plan an activity or outdoor play with the children I will always make a risk assessment which is