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.

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASAWA)
  • Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH)
  • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (RIDDOR)
  • Manual Handling Operations Regulation 1992 (MHOR)
  • 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. For example after using bleach you should always ensure that is not within the reach of children as this could cause serious damage if used in the wrong way.

MHOR legislation means that when handling of loads and you are put at risk then you should perform the minimum health and safety requirements. For example when bending down to pick up a heavy object, you make sure that your back is straight and that you bend your knees as much as you need. This prevents serious back injuries.

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PUWER means that equipment that is being used in the setting, occupied by children should be 100% safe and secure, tested to ensure that they remain safe, is only being operated by people who have the right training, been given the correct information and have been given the most accurate instructions. This prevents injuries from occurring.  

E2: Describe the procedures which will keep a child safe for each accident, illness and emergency

These are:

  • Receives a bump to the head
  • Has an asthma attack
  • Has sickness and diarrhoea
  • Shows symptoms and signs of meningitis  
  • ...

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