Risk Assessment Policy

Cre8 Playschemes & Cre8ing Music uses its risk assessment systems to ensure that the Playschemes and Cre8ing Music Sessions are a safe and secure place for children and staff. All staff are expected to undertake risk assessments as part of their routine tasks.

In line with current health and safety legislation and the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage, Cre8 will carry out regular risk assessments and take appropriate action to deal with any hazards or risks identified. It is the responsibility of the manager to ensure that risk assessments are conducted, monitored and acted upon.

Risk assessments will be carried out:

  1. whenever there is any change to equipment or resources

  2. when there is any change to the Cre8's premises

  3. when the particular needs of a child necessitates this

  4. when we take the children on an outing or visit.

Not all risk assessments need to be written down. Staff will decide, in consultation with the manager, which risk assessments need to be formally recorded. However risk assessments related to employment and the working environment will be always be recorded in writing so that staff can refer to them.

If changes are required to Cre8's policies or procedures as a result of the risk assessment, the manager will update the relevant documents and inform all staff.

Daily checks

Before the children arrive at the Playschemes or music sessions, we will complete a daily environment check form/carry out a visual inspection of the equipment and the whole premises (indoors and out). Environment check forms will be reviewed regularly, to ensure that hazards are removed, and repairs are implemented in a timely manner. During the course of the session, staff will remain alert to any potential risks to health and safety.

If a member of staff discovers a hazard during the course of a session, they will make the area safe (eg by cordoning it off) and then notify the manager. The manager will ensure that any actions needed to mitigate the immediate hazard have been taken and will implement measures to prevent the incident from recurring.

Recording dangerous events

The manager will record all accidents and dangerous events on the Incident or Accident Record sheets as soon as possible after the incident. If the incident affected a child the record will be kept on the child’s file. Cre8 will monitor Incident and Accident Records to see whether any pattern to the occurrences can be identified.

Related policies: See our related policies: Fire Safety and Risk Assessment, Health and Safety, and Manual Handling.