8.4 Risk Assessment
Little Footprints Nursery believes that the health and safety of children is of paramount importance. We make our setting a safe and healthy place for children, parents, staff and volunteers by assessing and minimising the hazards and the risks to enable children to thrive in a healthy and safe environment.
The basis of this policy is risk assessment. Pre-school Learning Alliance risk assessment processes follow five steps, as follows:
- Identification of risk: Where is it and what is it?
- Who is at risk: Childcare, staff, children, parents, cooks, cleaners etc.?
- Assessment as to the level of the risk as high, medium, low. This is both the risk and the likelihood of it happening: as well as the possible impact if it did.
- Control measures to reduce/eliminate risk: What you will need to do, or ensure others will do, in order to reduce the risk?
- Monitoring and review: how do you know if what you have said is working, or is it enough? If it is not working, it will need to be amended, or maybe there is a better solution.
- Our risk assessment process covers adults and children and includes:
- Checking for and noting hazards and risks indoors and outside, and in our premises and for activities.
- Assessing the level of risk and who might be effected;
- Deciding which areas need attention; and
- Developing an action plan that specifies the action required the time scale for action, the person responsible for the action and any funding required.
- Where more than five staff and volunteers are employed the risk assessment is written and is reviewed regularly.
- We maintain lists of health and safety issues, which are checked daily before the session begins as well as those that are checked on a weekly and monthly basis and termly basis when a full risk assessment is carried out.