Support Children and Young People’s Health and Safety.

3.4 Support children and young people’s health and safety.
Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services
When panning an environment and/or activity for a child, there are lots of things to consider. Most of these things are common sense and should come as second nature, such as ensuring that all equipment and resources are safe, secure and suitable for the children to use. I use risk assessments for activities and trips out and I have a separate risk assessment for my home to ensure my home is a safe place for children and young people to be in. Risk assessments are viewed regularly and before doing an activity or going out and are updated annually or if there is a change.  
The first and most important thing to think about is the fact that I have a legal duty of care towards all children and parents/carers. The children’s’ welfare and safety must always be uppermost in my mind.
When planning (and the key is to take the time to plan) you need to include in your plan that every child is different (The Unique Child eyfs theme) The needs of every child in my care will be different depending on the child or young person’s age and ability. Thought needs to be put into my planning for example, if im doing a physical activity I need to make sure the layout of the room is suitable and to consider the age range of children as a child who has only recently become mobile will be more unsteady on their feet than say a 3 year old.
A child may have more specific needs such as a sensory impairment or disability so the needs of every person must be taken into consideration. A child who can’t see or hear as well as others may need some extra support or different equipment in order for them to be fully included in activities and the environment they are using.
The child or young person’s family or carer may have different needs/beliefs that need to be taken into account.
When I plan to do an activity I...