The Early Years Foundation Stage requires childcare providers to conduct risk assessments and review them regularly. We have performed a risk assessment on the premises and outside space of the setting. All areas requiring risk assessment are reviewed regularly.
The setting has passed strict safety standards as monitored by Ofsted. We will adhere to these standards to ensure a safe and secure environment for all children while in the house and garden.
Procedure (how we will put the policy into practice)
When we go out on trips to toddler groups or walks, etc., we will always use suitable safety equipment, i.e. harnesses, car seats and reins. The safety of the children will always be paramount.
A weekly checklist is completed to ensure that equipment is clean and safe for the children to use and the house and garden are clean and suitable for the children to play in. The weekly checklist includes the following:
The front door will be kept locked, to ensure the children cannot gain access to the street without supervision (key is kept next to the door)
Regular checks will be carried out on toys to ensure there are no loose or sharp edges or pieces
Children cannot gain access to the garden shed without supervision. The garden is fenced off for security purposes and the back gate is kept locked
Electrical leads are kept short and out of reach. Medicines are kept in a cupboard out of reach of children. Polythene bags are kept out of reach
All low-level electrical sockets not in use will be fitted with a socket cover
Regular checks will be made on the stairgate at the bottom of the stairs
All hazardous materials and razors are kept out of reach
Age and weight appropriate car seats or booster seats will be used for all children and older children will have to wear a seat belt when travelling in the car
When walking we will use reins or a pushchair with a harness depending upon the ability of the child. Older children will have to hold the side of the pushchair or walk alongside a member of staff on the side away from the road. All restraining harnesses on pushchairs and car seats will be checked regularly.
We also perform risk assessment on any environment that we take the children into, for example, on outings and when walking to school, the shops, library and toddler groups, etc.
If we are planning to take the children into environments that are unknown to us, we try to do a risk assessment in advance so we am aware of any potential hazards, although this may not always be possible.
We record all assessments in the risk register. These documents are available for all parents to see on request as well as Ofsted.
This page was last updated on Monday, May 6, 2019.