Unit 027-

      1.1 Factors to consider when planning healthy and safe environments and services.

  * To member every child is an individual- with different needs depending on their age and abilities. You must think about this when planning activities, for example when they involve physical play, or if more consideration must be given to the needs of a child who has just became mobile than to an older child, when planning room layouts.
  * Some children have specific needs such as sensory impairments, for example think about the challenges to a child with limited hearing understanding explanations about safety.
  * The different needs of families and carers must be considered.
  * Always be clear about why you are you using the environment in a question, the activities a child encounters and what sorts of services are offered,
  * The duty of care of a setting to children, parents and carers is a legal obligation. You should always have the child’s safety and welfare uppermost in your mind when planning.
  * The desired outcomes for the children and young people are the starting point. Most activities with children and young people should have clear aims and objectives that are based around the required outcomes linked to their age, for example the EYFS for children under 5 years of age.
  * Lines of responsibility and accountability: everyone employed in a setting has a responsibility for the health and safety of children and staff, but there should be clear reporting responsibilities.
      1.2 Monitor and maintain health and safety and encourage safe working.
Health and safety policies and procedures in any setting should be clear about all aspects. Room risk assessments should be done to ensure that the room itself and the equipment is working well and is safe. Some of these checks are required by law; for example electrical equipment must be checked by a qualified electrician every year.
It is the manager’s responsibility to ensure these...