This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
Our Early Educators are thoroughly trained in safeguarding and this includes understanding how to carry out risk assessments.
Before they use a new green space they will have visited and assessed for hazards and risks, taking into consideration:
Access to traffic
Hazards around height - trees to climb and logs to clamber
Hazards of children being lost in crowds
Needless to say, an Early Educator will only take your child to an outdoor space if they deem that all the risks can be managed or mitigated.
Remember your home nursery has strictly a 3 to 1 ratio and so each adult will only ever have responsibility for 3 children at any one time.
Part of risk assessing a new outdoor space will be considering how the children safely travel there.
Your Early Educator will mostly walk to green spaces (or get the bus) so as to make the best use of the journey for learning.
They use double or even triple buggies, slings, buggy boards and reins to safely walk with up to 3 children of different ages.
They are all trained in managing roads safely.
They teach the children about road hazards as part of everyday life so the children learn to help manage risks themselves through their behaviour.
On buses or trains, children will be in buggies or sitting down.
If your Early Educator uses a car they will:
Get your explicit permission first.
Be fully insured to drive as a childminder.
Have appropriate car seats properly fitted.