Whether working with babies or 3-4 yr old some layouts will be similar but the age and abilities of the children is important so therefore the different resources and equipment should be age appropriate and carry the usual safety markings, there should also be equipment and resources for children who may have special needs. Each child needs to feel safe in there surroundings, if they feel insecure it can impair their abilities to thrive and grow and learn especially if they have certain needs ie sensory impairment,allergies to foods, some allergies are so severe some children cannot even touch certain foods so when planning activities it is important to consider all health conditions and special needs for example hearing impairments,visual aids,etc etc. I feel is is important to place visual pictures and signs in areas that are vitally important to the health and safety of the children,like placing pictures of hands washing around toilet areas,sink areas were creative or messy play may be involved,pictures of walking not running when indoors, quiet voices, be kind children learn a lot from visual pictures rather than being told continuously to stop running, no shouting,they look at these pictures and are able say what it is they see by looking at each individual picture. Ratio is also important for instant one adult per 4 children or two adults per eight especially at meal times were one adult can supervise the children and one can help clear the tables. It also important for the floor areas to be clear from objects that can cause harm to
If the toy is painted, it must be with nontoxic lead free paint and must be able to be cleaned easily. For electronic toys, they should be approved by the UL (Underwriters Laboratories) which is where they test to make sure that all electronic toys are safe for young children. You should check to make sure that the toys you are selecting have not been recalled by the manufacturers which you can do by checking
As teachers assistant we should ensure that there is no harsh lighting like fluorescent light as this can bring discomfort after a prolonged time and cause headaches. Also the area chosen should not be too noisy. * Organisation All Equipment should be stored safety so that it does not present a hazard and all drawers and storage should be clearly marked so that it is clear where different equipment are kept. This will enable the children to find the equipment more easily. * Furniture The furniture in the room should be of appropriate size for the age of the children so that they can work comfortably.
You don’t want to buy an expensive toy only for the child to play with it one time. In this essay I would like to share some guidelines when selecting toys for young children. Safety is probably the most imperative concern when picking out toys. You should look over the toy to see that it’s well made, durable and can be easily cleaned. The toy should be painted with non-toxic, lead-free paint.
CYP 3.4 Support children and young people’s health and safety. 1 1.1 Describe the factors to take into account when planning healthy and safe indoor and outdoor environments and services. When planning healthy and safe environments you need to take into account the age, individual needs and abilities of the children and young people involved in the activity. You also need to be aware of any risks to individuals when planning the activity i.e. pregnancy or sensory impairments (loss or degradation of sight/hearing etc).
Activities that I would have to put a lot of through into would be a physical exercise because this activity could be difficult for a child who has just learnt to walk. When planning activities I need to take into account the room layout that there are no obvious hazards to both staff and children. I make sure all doors and closed and main doors locked and no sharp objects are left about the room. I also make sure toys are safely put away and a child will not be harmed if he or she was to pull a toy out. There are some children who will have specific needs compared to others; this could be a sensory impairment such as sight or hearing impairments.
At this age we need to remember to comfort the child if they become upset and be someone they can speak to if they choose too, it is important we do not shout at children as this could cause them more upset and distress. Also we should be lively and energetic and enjoy taking part in activities they enjoy and provide new challenges for them. Primary schools- During this age it is important to listen to the children however the teaching assistant must make eye contact, lower themselves to the child’s level and speak to the child in a positive way. Children will start to learn boundaries during this time so it is about enforcing them in a positive and encouraging way. Encouragement is also important during all aspects of school life such as during lessons, their work, forming friendships and finding new things because this will help the children to try new things and to progress and move forward with their development and education.
If we do not promote and encourage a healthy and balanced lifestyle, it could results in the children having poorly developed immune system which in turn would cause them to be ill and have days off school which would affect their development. Being protected from harm and neglect. Practitioners need to incorporate on rules and safety which will then educate children at an early age to be vigilant and cautious of any harm. Therefore it is important that these procedures are enforced minimize risk with the practice should be carried out to ensure it meets the regulatory requirements. A practice that participates in being involved within the community and not engaging in anti-social behaviour as well as instilling crucial moral values in children from early years to mould their emotional and social development and to determine the kind of adult they will become.
Unit 6- Promoting a healthy environment for children E3/E4 Children’s health and well-being differ throughout their different ages and stages of life. There are many factors which influence the children such as sociological factors, psychological factors and physical factors. These are all a huge part of children’s lives and help them to learn and develop to their full potential but some of these factors can have a hindrance on the child if the health and well being of the child is not put first. Sociological factors are the factors that directly influence or affect someone’s lifestyle. Some examples include ethnicity, family, location, economic status and race (www.ask.com).
The environment must be clean, hygienic and warm. They need plenty of fresh air and exercise. Children must be stimulated with toys and activities and also require quiet time for rest and sleep. Safety and security: once our physiological needs are met our need for safety and security becomes important. We need to be physically safe in our environment.