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Risk assessment

Our Early Educators are given a lot of training on risk assessment.

They regularly risk assess their homes, the places they take children to, and the activities they do, to make sure all the children they care for are kept safe.

Koru Kids has a standard risk assessment template that Early Educators are familiarised with throughout their training. Each time they conduct a risk assessment, we ask them to consider:

  • What hazards might be present

  • How they might harm a child

  • What you are already doing to control this risk

  • What additional measures might need to be taken to reduce this risk further

Assessing risks within a home nursery

Early Educators are expected to risk assess their home environment regularly, considering hazards such as:

  • Stairs and level changes

  • Radiators and other hot surfaces

  • Blind cords

  • Heavy objects that may fall

  • Electrical cables and sockets

  • Sleep environments

  • The suitability of toys and resources

  • Pets

  • Food hygiene

When Koru Kids quality assessors visit a home nursery for an initial or regular annual inspection, they will review whether the setting is safe for children, and discuss the Early Educator’s risk assessment.

Other risk assessments

When taking children outside the home, Early Educators will need to risk assess the hazards that may be present.

  • In higher-risk situations, they will prepare a written risk assessment - e.g. walking near a busy road

  • In lower-risk situations, they will undertake a non-written risk assessment - e.g. playing with a water table

Early Educators have also had specialist outdoor learning training to help them better understand and manage risk in outdoor settings.

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