Health and Saftey in School

Kelly Louise Tippett
Unit 334: Support children and young people’s health and safety
3.3 Give example from own practice of supporting children or young people to assess and manage risk
Children must have opportunities to explore their physical environment, both within and outside the setting.
Once risk assessments have been carried out, we plan activities to enable our pupils to learn from their environment while taking managed risks. By helping the pupils to manage risk, we play an important role in developing their independence.
Every Wednesday afternoon we take the pupils out to the woodlands which is just outside of the school grounds, before we leave the classroom we talk to the children about the potential risks that they could come across whilst we are in the woodlands for example fallen down trees, encourage them to think of ways to manage those risks by: Taking responsibility and identifying and reporting hazards, we encourage the older children to take care of the younger ones where there are potential risks and agree on appropriate behaviour for example never run off and to always stay in the designated areas that we have told them they are allowed to be in. whilst we are in the woodlands I point out potential risks to the children and ask them what we should do this gives them the opportunity to manage the risk.
Another example from my setting is when we take the children to a local swimming pool for swimming lessons. We have to travel by bus therefore we have to make sure that we have the right amount of ratio of adults for children, we carry a register of the kids going, parents will have had to have signed consent forms before the child goes these are carried with us which will contain emergency telephone numbers and any medical information about that child. We count the children on and off the bus and we make sure before the bus leaves that every pupil is wearing a seatbelt. At the pool side we engage the children by asking them questions...