4.3- Evaluate own practice in promoting a balanced approach to risk management
It is important to balanced approache to risk management As practitioner working with children I have a duty of care toward the children and must make sure that they are safe.we plan the play environment and activity which is safe for the child, but there is also a balance between the risk a child can take. Children should be allowed to take risk with adult support but not too much intervention. If they are not allowed to take risk they will not be able to develop the skills required to deal with risks and make judgement about their own strengths and skills .this would affect their development , self esteem and confidence.Through taking risks, children build their capabilities, explore their emotions, expand their horizons, and test boundaries. They also gain practical experience of taking responsibility for their safety. Children need to experiment and explore their surrounding in order to learn and with risk management we make sure to minimize the risk involved and likelihood of an accident or injury, this is done by planning , organizing and doing risk assessment .If a child is never allowed to cut with scissors they will never learn to use them and develop their fine motor skills but we as adult must manage the risk by providing a child friendly scissors, supervising the child and making them aware of how to hold a scissors when walking around.Those responsible for children have to take a balanced, thoughtful approach to managing risk.
At our nursery I promote a balanced approach to risk management every day by making sure the room in safe before the children enter it, by checking that there are no sharp objects left around, no obstructions and nothing that can fall. If there any broken toys that are noticed we report them on the breakages and damages sheet, it then that gets transferred to the office along with the broken object. During the day all the safety gates...