Explain how health and safety risk assessments are monitored and reviewed in your setting.
All settings are required to carry out risk assessments to ensure the health and safety of the children and other people, who attend the setting, and to prevent harm and ensure relevant actions are taken and updated if required. Risk assessments is continuously done on the settings , such as when new equipment is installed, and on a daily basis before setting open to children, Risk assessment is done annually or certain times within a year and equipment and areas within the settings are risk assessed. All staff should also be trained within the health and safety framework and understand about risk assessments. Staff member is nominated to ensure all staff carry out risk assessment, and ensure all the appropriate documentation are done.
Daily risk assessments are completed by the manager or senior worker .The areas that are checked before the children arrived at the setting include, Porch, Toilets, Kitchen, Downstairs, Garden, Hall, Car park, Additional Info and the Water this is then signed off by the manager, and this is completed to make sure there are no risks and if there are some they will be removed or fixed before children arrive.
. Also the manager will carry out environment, equipment and resources risk assessment over the year or if something new has been installed between checks. If we take children on an outings or to forest school risk assessments are carried out.
Whilst it is important that the safety of children is paramount however it’s still important to have the attitude that we can do certain activities, but still understand the risks that will change every day in the setting so the children can grow, develop and take their own risk when playing at different arears within the setting, knowing they can’t harm themselves when they try new activities, such as the climbing frame, balance beam or even when cutting and pasting in the craft corner.