children need to be supervised at all times, even more so when they are very young. This because they are still vulnerable to, and do not fully understand some dangers such as electrical appliances, knives or blades (usually found in the kitchen). Because of this, the child may hurt themselves, for example touching electrical plugs, or cutting themselves with a knife.
A child may also be vulnerable to other dangers such as bacteria, and other germs, which a child can come into contact with anywhere when not supervised.
Toddlers are usually more likely to hurt themselves as they move around and explore a lot more than newborn babies. Older children are also less likely to hurt themselves as they usually have more common sense and understanding of the dangers around them.
Because of this, toddlers need to be supervised very carefully, and you need to make sure that they explore dangerous things, as they like to put objects in their mouth and sometimes ingest objects, or simply play with objects which can cause harm.
Babies still need supervision, as they are helpless and cannot tell you if they feel unwell ect.
Older children are also very adventurous, they may need less supervision, but they do still need to be supervised as they can also harm themselves by accident.
Adult to child ratio
this is important for nursery’s/schools to follow as this prevents children from being hurt.
Children under 2 years – 1 adult to 3 children
children between 2 years and three years – 1 adult to 4 children
children between 3 years to 8 years - 1 adult to 8 children.
Safety is very important, and is a main priority at little stars. We fill out forms to check the nursery is up to standard three times a day, and any faults are reported. We also keep rules in place, to ensure safety. For example, no more than three children in the kitchen...