MU 2.8 Contribute to the support of positive environments for children and young people
1.1 A description of what is meant by a positive environment
A positive environment is somewhere that is safe reassuring, welcoming, and healthy. It is one where children and young people can learn and develop in a positive way at all times inside and outdoors. It must encourage the development of the whole child.
The positive environment helps children and young people to become independent, gain the confidence to learn new skills and to feel a sense of belonging.
It should provide for the, intellectual, emotional, physical, and social needs of the child or young person.
We should make sure that the environment is always:
Safe and hygienic
Children and young people are cared for by people who have a caring attitude and approach
Children and young people are stimulated
That there is equality of opportunity
Activities and opportunities for play
Where individual needs are met
A positive environment is also created by the relationships between staff and the children. The adults can ensure a positive environment by respecting each person and ensuring that the curriculum that they are following is meeting the needs and interests of each child. They can make sure that all adult led activities are well planned and achievable and that for child led activities there are a variety of resources.
1.2 An identification of regulatory requirements that underpin a positive environment for children and young people
There are health and safety requirements that are in place that underpin a positive environment. All settings that have under 16 year olds on site will be inspected by Ofsted and will have to meet the Ofsted National Standards and all outdoor areas will use the guidelines set in The Royal Society for the prevention of Accidents.
Requirements that make the setting safe and healthy: