It is important to ensure any environment being used is free from hazards and that pupils are able to use the area safely. Factors which must be taken into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments are:
. The health needs of staff and children- these include the basic needs of all but also individual needs such as things which affect those who are pregnant, or those with physical disabilities or sensory impairments.
. Risk assessments- are risks well managed, have serious risks been removed
. Suitability of the environment, such as security, space requirements, temperature and lighting
. Adult to child ratios
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A 'food safety' document exists in school outlining procedure and risk assessments for cooking, this is in line with the food hygiene legislation 2006. Smoking is not permitted on the school grounds, this complies with both the smoking ban legislation 2007 and the EYFS legal requirement to ensure children are always in a smoke free environment
It is important to take a balanced approach to risk management so as to teach children how to deal with situations safely and not just remove all potential hazards. Children must learn to become risk aware in order to keep themselves safe in later life in situations where risks haven't been managed for them. The safety charity RoSPA advocates that schools take an approach which ensures that children and staff are 'as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible' , www.educationbusinessuk.net School offers a 'safe' environment where risks are controlled to suit the age and stage of development of the children whilst giving them the freedom to develop their skills and confidence in making good decisions about risks, dangers and suitable boundaries.
The UN convention on the rights of The child states that children and young people have the right to learn and develop and the right to make choice, this can sometimes be in direct conflict with duty of care adults working with children have for them and their safety. Schools try to control situations so that the choices children make will not put them at risk of harm. For example we have an adventure playground in school, this offers age appropriate climbing equipment so if children choose to climb they are doing so in the safest way, not climbing on trees or walls which could be unstable and cause injury
First Aid equipment and the area for administering First Aid is in the staffroom /entrance hall. At lunchtimes, this area is the school hall which also has a full kit. There is a current list of trained first aid staff on file and staff are made aware of who trained staff are through induction procedures and display of names in the staffroom. The Appointed Person for First Aid, orders First Aid equipment to ensure that the First Aid boxes are correctly stocked and maintains records to identify training updates needed.
Minor injuries and accidents will be treated by staff in accordance with their first aid training procedures. All accidents requiring treatment are recorded in the details of first aid record book and a duplicate given to the child to take home for parents.
If the member of staff treating the injury believes that further medical treatment is required, the parent will be contacted to accompany the child to hospital. If the parent cannot be contacted, then arrangements will be made to transport the child to hospital...