The safeguarding and welfare requirement contains cases of adults’ behaviour which covers the cyphers of abuse and neglect. It is essential that if staff becomes conscious of any such signs, they should respond suitably in order to protect children. Regular staff meeting should be help and staff trainings should also cover recognising adult behaviour. All childcare settings must implement a safeguarding policy and other procedures, which should be in agreement with the regulation of the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board. The safeguarding policies and procedures must cover the use of mobile phones and cameras in the setting, according to the revised EYFS.
Children love to play and explore. For example while in a park a child will want to climb a ladder to go on a slide. Natural reaction may be to hold or even pick up a child and put them up. Children learn best when trying and experiencing things themselves. There is a risk of a child slipping and falling of the steps but a child also has a right to experience facilities to aid their development. Children need to learn how to predict and avoid dangerous situations.Another potential dilemma may be confidentiality. I must ensure that all personal information is kept confidential and is not shared with anyone else unless permission form is signed. But if there is a case of concern that a child’s welfare may be at risk social services have to be informed.There is also a possibility of conflict with parent’s wishes due to their culture and religion.
It is important to ensure children and young people are protected from harm within the setting, as the parents are leaving their children in your care with the expectation that they can trust you and your colleagues to keep their children from harm. It is difficult for parents to leave their children in an education or care setting and then go to work; they need to be confident that their children will be in safe supportive hands with people that will help them develop.
When providing a healthy and safe environment both inside and outside the nursery, there are factors myself and other practitioners need to consider; individual children and any specific needs they may have, for example at my work place we a baby with Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic condition that causes restricted growth, poor core muscle strength, learning difficulties, behavioural problems such as temper tantrums or stubbornness and a permanent feeling of hunger which will start between the age of 2 and 8 years old. The practitioners who work with the baby must always consider
In a nursery there are many hazards so staffs need to be extra careful on what they leave hanging around especially when dealing with younger children. Also there are round the clock service is provided.
The soft furnishing in the cozy area must allow a child to completely escape the hardness of the typical early childhood classroom. A cozy area should be away from active play equipment and have protection from active children through its placement in the room. If active play is present, staff must redirect the active play to another area.
If an individual opens the door without knocking to make the staff in the room aware that someone is entering they can push the door into the children which can cause them to fall over. This could cause bruising or cuts to head, legs or arms depending how they fall. Also as the doors are not very heavy the children are capable of opening them themselves and leaving the room that they are in. If this is unnoticed by any of the staff the staff it puts the child in great danger if they leave the building or if they choose to hide in another area. Ways to resolve and minimise the risks of these hazards occurring again would be to replace the old doors with new fire doors which would be heavy enough so the children would be unable to open them. The doors would also have a thin strip of glass so the individuals can see inside before entering although they should knock and wait for response to. A finally idea to minimise this risk would be to fix finger guards to the hinges of every door so no one’s fingers can be caught in between.
In order to ensure a safe and healthy environment and services for children/young people there are some factors which need to be taken into account. These include any equipment which they will be in contact with, such as electrical equipment, anything which may pose a fire risk, any damaged furniture or fixtures which they may come into contact with. If there are any cables or anything they may trip over as well as any spillages or anything they may slip on and fall. All if these issues need to be taken into account
There will be numerous policies and procedures within a setting and Staff need to be aware of them. There will be a number of other policies written to safeguard the children, young people, staff, and visitors from danger and to ensure safe practice throughout the setting. The purpose of this policy is to maintain an environment where children feel secure, are encouraged to talk, and are listened to. Also children know that there are adults in the day care centre who they can approach if they have any issues for example if a child is suffering from neglect at home the staff at the day care centre and other multi agencies will work together to improve the child’s situation, so that he will stop suffering from neglect at home.
It’s comfortable, interesting, attractive and appropriate for the child or children who use it. For some children it becomes like a second home where they eat and sometimes sleep. A suitable environment for a young baby will be very different from a suitable environment for a four or five year old although some features will be the same. Environments should be attractive and make children feel safe and secure and happy to be there and they should also be places where children can confidently play and learn.
All staff must attend a child protection training course to help us identify, understand and act appropriately to signs of possible abuse and neglect. No members of staff are allowed to have an electrical item that contains a camera in the rooms where children are. All mobile phones are kept in the office.
In an early childhood education environment, the classroom that a child first step into would feel comfortable. The classroom will have glass windows and a glass door so the child is able to look outside. The windows are very important to have in a classroom since looking out through the window, a child is able to observe what is happening outside the classroom. “Many early childhood programs are relegated to …with fewer windows or natural lighting”(Crutis & Carter, p. 39). The classroom should be able to have enough natural light