This help centre article has been written for Koru Kids' Home Nursery service
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
Heavy objects that may fall
Electrical cables and sockets
The suitability of toys and resources
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.