Health and Safety in Early Years

This lesson will teach learners how to establish a safe and secure environment for children using risk assessments to raise everybody's awareness of potential dangers. Learners will look at ways in which leaders maintain a healthy, safe, and secure environment for children and, in particular, look at hygiene practices. Additionally, they will learn how to supervise procedures for accidents, injuries, illnesses, and other emergencies. Learners do not need to be working in a managerial role to complete this course, but should be working in a childcare setting.

Learning outcomes:

Learner will understand the skills required to support children and young people’s health and safety

Learner will learn that a key factor in protecting children from accidents and injury is to understand what the risks might be

Learner will comprehend the importance of encouraging children to manage risk for themselves, and the impact of this on their future well-being

Advantages of this course

All schools and Ofsted registered early years settings have to meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). One of the guiding themes of the EYFS is the importance of an ‘enabling environment’ and the safety and security of an educational space is central to this. Every child has a right to feel safe in their learning environment and this course will outline how a practitioner can ensure that they do, from planning a safe educational visit to keeping a record of accidents and injuries. Should a child become ill at the setting, it is imperative that start working there can identify the common signs and symptoms of illness and take action to promote recovery. Illness and injury is covered in the first section of the course, and ways to minimise the risk of illness, such as basic hygiene, is explored in the reading section.Young children can, and frequently do, have accidents and sustain injuries. As a practitioner, it is your responsibility to protect children from accidents and if an accident and/or injury does occur, respond appropriately. In the Power-point section of this course, learners will learn how to conduct a risk assessment and the actions to take if an accident does happen at the setting, or on a trip the setting has organised.

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge.


Our CPD short courses are written by occupationally competent professionals and each lesson combines filmed tutorials, reading activities, quizzes and good practice examples for an engaging learning experience.


Many of our courses are endorsed learning programmes (ELPs) by awarding body, CACHE


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