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Unit 4. Explain how legislation can support strategies to establish and maintain healthy, safe and secure environments in early years settings.

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´╗┐Kirtan Kaur 12/733950 Unit 4 Assignment E1: Identify Legislation which influences healthy, safe, secure environments for early years settings. In this question I am going to state 5 different legislations which promote safe environments in an early years setting. 1. Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA) 2. Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) 3. Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (RIDDOR) 4. Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992 (MHOR) 5. Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) D1: Explain how legislation can support strategies to establish and maintain healthy, safe and secure environments in early year?s settings. HASAWA ensures that a setting is safe and secure because it means that all risks in a setting must be eliminated before allowing children to enter the premises. For example there should be no wires on the floor or sticking out to prevent children/staff members from having accidents also entry doors should have buzzers on it to make certain that no unauthorized persons are entering. RIDDOR ensures that a setting is safe for the reason that if a child has a accident, then either the manager or leader should immediately check the child and see if there is any threatening damage, then they should also call the parents and inform them what has happened and lastly they should write up the accident exactly as it happened it the ?accident book? COSHH is a legislation that makes sure that all harmful, hazardous and hurtful substances are out of children?s reach and also locked away so that no other unauthorized person have access to them. ...read more.

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ensuring all toys are picked up after use, all fire exits are not blocked and easily accessible and also washing hands after using the toilet. If you take all the precautions necessary then it will make it much easier to handle accidents and emergencies. For example if the fire exits are not blocked off then it will make it easier to escape in case of a fire or an emergency. And also if you ensure that all children and staff wash hands after using the toilet it minimises the chance of catching and passing germs to other people. In my placement there is always two members of staff standing outside the toilets to ensure that the children wash their hands and also in my placement there are signs in the staff toilets asking staff members kindly to remember they wash their hands. If we did not take these precautions then it would be much more difficult to know what to do and how to react in case of an emergency and it would also make the children be exposed to much more danger and harmful situations. For example if you saw that the climbing frame was broken but you took no notice of it because it didn?t look like it would cause any damage to the children, this could mean that a child could seriously hurt themselves because you failed to take these important precautions. ...read more.

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A1: Discuss the effects on practitioners of meeting the care needs of children Some practitioners may be affected negatively when meeting the specific care needs of children because the needs of the children could be very demanding for example, they might get anxious, scared and nervous when they see other specific children so a practitioner would have to be with that child constantly throughout the day ensuring that they don?t get too scared and that their emotional feelings stay intact. A way that practitioners can be affected positively would be that they get the full experience of dealing with a child and also they get a sense of achievement because they have helped a child overcome their fear or something or they have helped a child deal with something physically or emotionally. However sometimes meeting the care of needs can very stressful for some practitioners because what the child needs, the setting may not be able to supply, and therefore the practitioner would have to make different arrangements personally this could stress. For example a child may not like the breakfast the setting has provided and the setting may not know about this, so when the child does not eat that, it may be up to the practitioner to go out and get something healthy the child does like because children are entitled to food and have a right to it if they are hungry. ...read more.

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