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SCHOOL POLICIES
Risk Assessment Policy

Extract from the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage

It is essential that children are provided with safe and secure environments in which to interact and explore rich and diverse learning and development opportunities. Providers need to ensure that, as well as conducting formal risk assessment, they constantly reappraise both the environments and activities to which children are being exposed and make necessary adjustments to secure their safety at all times.

Suitable premises, environment and equipment - Outdoor and indoor spaces, furniture, equipment and toys, must be safe and suitable for their purpose. Schools will not be required to have separate policies for the EYFS provided that the requirements are met through their policies which cover children of a statutory age.

General Risk Analysis

- be aware of the temperature of tap water

- keep kitchen work surface clutter free

- keep unused electrical sockets secure with safety covers

- mop up spilt liquids promptly and cover until dry, clearly marking it with a yellow sign

- sweep up spilt sand promptly

- keep floor clutter free

- make sure that computer cables do not trail on the floor

- make sure that the computer is not left on unattended

-check all play equipment regularly

-check forest and climbing equipment daily

- replace worn handgrips and pedals where possible

- warn children about the dangers of trapping fingers in doors

- supervise children outside at all times

-supervise children at the toilets, especially if more than 2, be at least near the toilet door at hearing distance

- make sure that the gates are locked and doors are locked after drop off and pick up times

- be aware of children outside slipping or tripping

- no children in the kitchen/dining room unsupervised

 

Outdoor Environment Checklist

-Is the outdoor environment safe and secure?

Is the learning environment an emotionally safe place for children to be?

Is the outdoor environment accessed in all weathers?

Does the learning environment enable children to continue to develop as independent learners?

Are learning opportunities maximised by using the space and time available to you creatively?

Can the children use the outdoor environment for all aspects of their learning?

Is the outdoor environment easily accessible to the children?

Is the outdoor environment always supervised?

Is the learning environment too hot/ too cold/ too stuffy/ too dark?

Do children have easy access to drinks of water?

Do children have access to healthy snacks outdoors as well as indoors (morning and afternoon snack times)?

Is there adequate space for the children to learn and play?

Do you offer a range of outdoor activities for each of the seven areas of learning?

 

Take under consideration:

Visibility

 

How much of the outside area can be seen?

Nearly all parts can be seen. Most can be seen from inside the building. The adult(s) outside makes sure that the children are always in sight and are taught and supervised accordingly.

Are there any blind spots?

The maze, or at times toilets and parts of the hallway but staff are aware of it.

Is condensation an issue?

No

 

The following 5 steps illustrate the risk assessment process:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg163.pdf

1. Identify the hazards

2. Decide who might be harmed.

3. Evaluate the risks.

4. Record significant findings.

5. Regularly review my risk assessment.

 

I will make changes to my practice where hazards or risks reoccur.

Risk assessments relating to my environment

“Risk assessments should identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis, when and by whom those aspects will be checked, and how the risk will be removed or minimised” EYFS 2017(3.64).

·Risk assessment should identify aspects of the environment that need to be checked on a regular basis when and by whom those aspects will be checked and how the risk will be removed or minimised

·Each class teachers will conduct a daily check of the indoor and outdoor environment. Outdoor environment will be checked on rota (Catkins-Mondays, Acorns-Tuesdays, White Oaks-Wednesdays, Red Oaks-Thursdays, Breite Oaks-Fridays) and indoor environment will be checked daily by class teachers.

·Involve children in identifying risks and understanding how to keep themselves safe.

·Recording any issues identified during my daily check and send them to the office via email or notes.

·Undertake a risk assessment of my premises and equipment at least once a year in June, and immediately, where the need for an assessment arises e.g. as a result of an accident or changes to the environment.

·Risk assessing before implementing any increase to my ratios, in order to demonstrate to parents and/or carers and inspectors, that the individual needs of all the children are being met

 

Risk assessments for outings

“Providers must assess the risks or hazards which may arise for the children, and must identify the steps to be taken to remove, minimise and manage those risks and hazards” EYFS

Obtaining written permission from parents and/or carers to take the children out on outings planned.

When on outings, making sure that I always have:

-My mobile phone with me, fully charged, with the office and head of school contact details.

-Have written contact details of parents.

-A first aid kit with the appropriate contents in.

-Appropriate equipment for the children in my care, which is checked on a regular basis, such as pushchairs, medication, and change of clothes

 Making sure that my vehicle is adequately insured for business use.

Checking the car seats are properly fitted.

Ensuring that children have an understanding of road safety, and appropriate behaviour in the vehicle, subject to age and stage of development.

Obtaining the written risk assessment documentation from the venue I intend to visit if one is available to enable me to identify if the venue is suitable for the number and ages of the children in my care or fill in a risk assessment documentation.

Assessing children’s individual health needs to ensure that any medication and dietary requirements are adhered to and recorded during the outings.

It is not necessary to carry out a risk assessment before every outing, if risk assessments are in place for the type of outing.

Please see my written risk assessments for:

oTrips to the park.

oVisits to the shop

oTrips to museums and art galleries.

oWalks in the neighbourhood

o Trips to the mountains, farms and orchards

 

Updated on August 2018 to be reviewed on August 2020.