CYP3.4 – Support Children & Young People’s Health and Safety
Outcome 1: Understand how to plan and provide environments and services that support children and young people’s health and safety.
1.1 Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services.
I would make sure that the children’s age, needs and abilities are taken into account. These could be specific to one person, e.g. Sensory impairments (hearing and vision), or specific to the group as a whole. If a disabled child was attending, then their individual needs would also need to be taken into account, this could be extra space required for accessibility, or ...view middle of the document...
I would also make sure that the children were made aware of how to use any equipment safely that was provided, e.g. tennis rackets and bikes.
1.2 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 can be monitored in various ways. At Busy Bees Nursery, Woking, we have a Health and Safety Co-Ordinator who has the overall responsibility for the health and safety function determining the policy. They are responsible for ensuring that all statutory requirements are adhered to, and will review the policy on a regular basis. Statutory requirements can cover a multitude of services, for instance, legionella testing, electrical testing, fire evacuation procedures and fire extinguisher testing. As well as the Health and Safety Co-Ordinator, management and staff will also oversee the day to day management of the health and safety policy by ensuring that all Health and Safety monitoring books are filled out throughout the day, and any accidents/ hazards/faults are logged and reported to the correct person so that immediate measures can be taken to protect anyone from a risk. The Health and Safety Co-Ordinator and management will ensure that an annual risk assessment of the whole nursery is carried out, and updated/reviewed on a regular basis. If during an inspection risks or hazards are identified, immediate and effective steps would be taken to rectify the situation. They will also ensure that all statutory registers and records are accurately kept, for instance PAT testing. The Health and Safety Co-Ordinator and management will also ensure that all staff are adequately trained and fully aware of any hazards within their setting. Members of staff are encouraged to work safely by making themselves familiar with and conform to the nurseries health and safety policy. They should make themselves aware of any hazards associated with their work and ensure that they are familiar with emergency procedures. First aid and other medical supplies are regularly checked by the Health and Safety Co-Ordinator to ensure that it conforms to current health and safety regulations. There are a number of first aiders at work and paediatric first aiders at Busy Bees, Woking. Children and young people are actively encouraged, when appropriate, to consider the risks involved in any activities that are to be carried out, e.g. when riding the bikes around the indoor garden when other children are playing around them.