Daily Checks in an Early Years setting

Daily checks in an early years setting

Indoor environment: daily checks

  • Comments/ Action Fire escapes are clear.
  • All chemicals are out of reach (e.g. medicines and cleaning materials).
  • All toys and equipment are clean and in good working order.
  • Specialized safety equipment is in place (e.g. safety stair gates or fireguards in a home setting).
  • Radiator heat is controlled and radiator guards are in place (if necessary). Ventilation is available Refrigerator temperature is within the approved range.
  • Toilets are clean.
  • Windows and doors are secure.
  • Outdoor environment: daily checks.
  • Play equipment, outdoor toys or games are in good repair Outdoor play surfaces, exterior fencing and exterior gates are in good repair and secure No dog faeces, broken glass or other potentially dangerous debris in the outdoor play area.
  • No poisonous plants in the garden or outdoor area.
  • No damage to exterior security or access systems.


Learning aim:

Understand how to prevent accidents and incidents and carry out risk assessments. Explain common hazards and how adults could prevent accidents to babies and children in early years setting to include:

  • Selecting appropriate resources.
  • Adequate supervision of children.

Analyze the role of adults in early year’s settings in preventing accidents to babies and children, with examples. The role of the adult in preventing accidents Parents need to know that their children will be safe in your care, so you have an important responsibility to prevent accidents to babies and children in the setting. Some of the ways you can do this are:

  • Providing adequate supervision of children at all times.
  • Role modeling safe practice and behaviour.
  • Checking for hazards, both indoors and outdoors.
  • Following reporting and recording procedures.
  • Conducting regular risk assessments.
  • Understanding children’s development, capabilities, and individual needs.
  • Carrying out routine observations of children.
  • Communicating with parents and carers.
  • Selecting appropriate resources for children’s age and stage of development.
  • Using appropriate safety equipment when necessary.