Risky Play

Welcome to our course! We have designed the content and the context of this course to consider the most important issues for practitioners when implementing all things relating to health and safety in a childcare setting. We will focus on COMPLIANCE, BEST PRACTICE and EVIDENCE FOR OFSTED INSPECTION. The course has been written for those who work in nurseries, pre-schools, out of school providers and childminders and is underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework. To help practitioners to recognise this area of legislation we have colour coded all content quoting the EYFS in red. It is presented with a mixture of written text, video clips, scenarios and quizzes. It not only draws upon our own extensive experience as practitioners, inspectors and trainers but also uses peer learning from colleagues currently working in the early years sector.

This course features film clips an area manager of a group of day-care settings and takes a look at how they manage and implement their health and safety requirements in keeping with legislation and in particular the Early Years Foundation Stage. The manager tells us of effective management systems and practice that supports this. We also feature a childminder who is passionate about providing children with risky play opportunities in the outdoors. We hear about why it is important for young children to experience risk in play and ask her how she works with the children to help them manage their own risks. In addition to all of this we provide links to external websites that help you to piece together the bigger picture and help make learning connections to supplement the course further. We have even provided you with helpful downloadable templates and tools that support health and safety and risk assessment too!

We hope that you find the course helpful and that we can further support your learning in this area of practice.

Module 1 Introduction
Lesson 1 Introduction  
Lesson 2 Overview of Module 2: Legislation  
Lesson 3 Overview of Module 3: Communication  
Lesson 4 Overview of Module 4: Risk  
Lesson 5 Overview of Module 5: Evidence for Ofsted  
Module 2 Legislation
Lesson 1 Legislation – Health and Safety and the law.  
Lesson 2 Early Years Foundation Stage – Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements  
Lesson 3 Keeping Children Safe and Well  
Lesson 4 Health - Medicines  
Lesson 5 Health –food and drink  
Lesson 6 Health – accident or injury  
Lesson 7 Safety and suitability of premises, environment and equipment  
Lesson 8 Paediatric First Aid Training Requirements  
Module 3 Communication
Lesson 1 Introduction to Communication  
Lesson 2 What information do we obtain from parents that support children’s health and safety ?  
Lesson 3 How do we maintain that ‘two-way flow of information’ between ourselves and parents?  
Module 4 Risk Assessment / Risk Benefit
Lesson 1 Risk Assessment  
Lesson 2 Good risk vs bad risk  
Lesson 3 Trips and Outings  
Module 5 Evidence for Ofsted
Lesson 1 Evidence for Ofsted inspection