1.1 Describe the Factors to Take Into Account When Planning Healthy and Safe Indoor and Outdoor Environments and Services.

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There are a number of important principles to think about when you are planning for healthy and safe environments or activities with children and young people. Most of these are common sense – just remember: everyone is an individual and may have particular needs. If you are clear about the following points it will become second nature to include safety in your planning.
• 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 become mobile than to an older child, when planning room layouts.
• Some children have specific needs such
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Factors to be considered include the following:
• Light – This may need to be adjusted or teaching areas changed if a visually impaired pupil’s eyes are light sensitive.
• Accessibility – A pupil in a wheelchair needs to have as much access to classroom facilities as others. Furniture and resources may need to be moved to allow for this.
• Sound – Some pupils may be sensitive to sounds, for example a child on the autistic spectrum who is disturbed by loud or unusual noises. It is not always possible for such noises to be avoided, but teaching assistants need to be aware of the effect that they can have on pupils (Burnham, 2007).
The Learning Environment
The emotional environment
• The emotional environment is created by all the people in the setting, but adults have to ensure that it is warm and accepting of everyone.
• Adults need to empathise with children and support their emotions.
• When children feel confident in the environment they are willing to try things out, knowing that effort is valued.
• When children know that their feelings are accepted they learn to express them, confident that adults will help them with how they are feeling.
The outdoor environment
• Being outdoors has a positive impact on children's sense of well-being and helps all aspects of children's development.
• Being outdoors offers opportunities for doing things in different ways and on different scales than when indoors.
• It gives children first-hand contact
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