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Creating a positive environment: * The mix of the children, the suitability of the building, and the pleasantness or otherwise of the environment in which the children live may effect their behaviour and ability to concentrate. * A large airy room and a beautiful garden with grass and trees will induce a calm atmosphere among staff and children. * An interesting and exciting environment would be good for outings and visits within the community. It is important that: * The premises are made welcoming and friendly to children and parents. * The premises are clean, well lit, usually with adequate lighting, adequately ventilated and maintained in a suitable state of repair and decoration. * Rooms are maintained at an adequate temperature. Hygiene Feet Rest & Sleep Dental Care How children's physical and health needs can be met: * Dental care: The children's dental needs can be met through met through regular brushing, cutting down on sugary foods and the correct toothbrush according to age. We can help meet these needs by supervising the child whilst he brushes his teeth and be ready to help to ensure that the teeth are brushed thoroughly. ...read more.


* Children under 5 need a pint of whole milk per day. This is a day's menu for a four year old child which promotes a balanced diet: Breakfast: Weetabix and banana Glass of milk Mid-morning snack: Orange Glass of milk Lunch: Chicken and salad sandwich Strawberry milkshake Yoghurt Afternoon snack: Rice bar Glass of squash Dinner: Pork stew with dumplings, carrots and potatoes. With a piece of bread. Water based drink. Bedtime: Biscuit Cup of tea This is quite a balanced diet because there are 4 portions of bread and cereals, 5 portions of fruit and vegetables, 2 portions of meat and meat alternatives, 3 portions of milk and milk products. Cultural diets: An awareness of different cultural eating habits is important to make sure that you respect cultural or religious practices. It is essential to find out what the child is allowed to eat and ensure that the child still receives a balanced diet. This is because food gives the child fuel to grow and develop and the energy they need for the hard work involved in playing and learning. ...read more.


Each member of a team: * Respect confidentiality. * Respect and trust each other. * Have confidence in each other. * Good communication (team meetings). * Be a good role model. * Good personal hygiene. * Good partnership with parents. * Anti - discriminatory and anti - bias practice. Equal opportunities: All children deserve a range of experiences in an environment that encourages a positive outlook towards people. Children and parents shouldn't be treated differently because of their culture, race, religion, colour or disability. This is called anti - discriminatory practice. Discriminating against and not including the child can give the child low self - esteem. Legislation: Nurseries and baby care facilities need to be checked by several authorities to ensure that the facility is safe and suitable for 0-8 year olds. These include Building Control Regulations Officer, Environmental Health Officers and Devon Fire and Rescue Services. The requirements for a safe environment include: * Flooring must be clean and splinter - proof. * An area for food preparation must be used separately if under 3yrs attend. * Premises must be safe and in good repair. * Glass doors and all low-level glass must be safety glass. * Doors need to have out of children's reach or be suitably alarmed. ...read more.

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