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Ensure children's health and safety

Unit Descriptor This unit maps to:
· CHCCN1A - Maintain a healthy and safe environment
· CHCCN4A - Respond to illness, accidents and emergencies (Element 4)
· CHCNC6A - Travel with children safely.

1 . Maintain a clean and hygienic environment
  1. Cleaning occurs as an ongoing process as per regulations

  2. Appropriate cleaning agents are used

  3. Infection control procedures are followed

  4. Ventilation, lighting and heating/cooling is adequately maintained

  5. Personal hygiene/health procedures are adhered to at all times

  6. Beds and bedding conform to health, hygiene and safety requirements as relevant

2 . Provide a safe environment
  1. Sun protection procedures are implemented

  2. Tools, equipment, toys and games are appropriate to the age of the child

  3. Equipment is selected, checked and maintained to ensure safety

  4. The environment is set up to ensure safety

  5. Area is checked for hazards and risk reduction strategies are implemented

  6. Fire exits are kept unobstructed

  7. Disposal of waste materials occurs in a safe and hygienic way

  8. Cleaning materials are stored safely

3 . Supervise the safety of children
  1. Children are supervised in accordance with legal requirements and regulations

  2. Rules for safe play are explained to children and implemented

  3. Direct contact with individuals/group is maintained

  4. Potential risks are identified and actions taken to minimise/reduce risk

  5. Hazards and potential hazards in the environment are explained to children

  6. Emergencies and evacuation procedures are discussed and practiced with children

  7. Supervision is used as an opportunity to interact with children

4 . Travel with children safely
  1. Procedures for safety on excursions are implemented

  2. Children are supervised as closely as required for their ages, abilities, the contexts

  3. Children's behaviour is monitored during travel and safe, appropriate behaviour is reinforced

  4. Children are instructed/reminded to follow relevant legal requirements

  5. Risk situations are identified and strategies developed and implemented to minimise risk

  6. Potential hazards are observed and strategies developed to increase safety

  7. Implements set procedures to ensure children all children are accounted for

5 . Administer medication within guidelines
  1. Medication is administered according to organisational policies and legislative requirements

  2. Medication is stored according to requirements

  3. Medication is checked for name, instructions and use by date

  4. All administered medications are documented in accordance with requirements

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Range Statement

Legal requirements and regulations regarding supervision may include:

Cleaning may include:

Disposal of waste materials may include:

In remote and isolated areas:

Organisational procedures implemented for safety on excursions can include:

Checking area for hazards may include checking for:

Maintaining direct contact with child will vary according to:

Contact can include:

Potential risks may be:

Rules for safe play may include:

Providing a safe environment and risk reduction strategies will vary according to whether the location is:

Hazards may be identified to children in a range of ways:

Risk reduction strategies may include:

Children may be required to be transported:

Children may be transported by:

Legal requirements that children are to follow may include:

Legal requirement that workers are to follow include:

Risk situations include:

Risks vary according to:

Requirements for the administration of medication may include:

Requirements for storage of medication may include:

Evidence Guide

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Context of assessment:

This unit could be assessed either on the job or off the job through an appropriate workplace simulation for a range of age groups, and a range of conditions over a number of assessment situations