The management committee must ensure that risk is managed in the Cylch Meithrin.
In order to do this, you must consider what could cause harm and whether the Cylch is doing enough to prevent this, namely risk assessment. The purpose of risk assessment is to identify reasonable measures to control risk in the workplace.
Risk assessment should be carried out at least once a year and reviewed if there is a change to the setting or change in children's needs.
Here is a list of the type of risk assessments that can be undertaken in the Cylch, there may be more or fewer things in your list:
- The Cylch Meithrin room/s
- Volunteer Staff /trainees
- Home time
- Outside play
- Snack time
- Hand washing time
- Water and sand play
- Individual Employees
- Pregnant staff
- Children with additional needs
- Going for a walk
- Collecting children from school
- Going to the toilet
A full risk assessment should be carried out on an annual basis but should be reviewed immediately if there is an accident or a change to the cylch’s environment e.g. moving furniture or new furniture. The provision should be checked at the beginning of each session.
Risk assessment templates are available to our members on the intranet:
- Blank Risk Assessment Template
- Daily External Risk Record
- Examples of Risk Assessment Issues
- An Example of a Snack Time Risk Assessment
- An Example of a Cylch Room Risk Assessment
- An Example of Daily Record Risk Assessment
The outside area and the Cylch's room daily should be checked daily and a record kept of the check.
A guide is available from the HSE to help with the preparation of risk assessments. Click on the link at the bottom of the page.
Risk assessment files must be kept in the cylch at all times. CIW will ask to see the files during an inspection.
Moving and handling weights
In instances where there is a requirement to manually handle weights a risk assessment must be made of the activity by paying attention to 3 rules:
- Avoid the need for hazardous manual handling, so far as is reasonably practicable
- Assess the risk of injury from any hazardous manual handling which cannot be avoided
- Reduce the risk of injury from hazardous manual handling as far as is reasonably practicable