This interactive and comprehensive online course provides an awareness of risk assessment in early years settings and is suitable for all staff working in schools, nurseries and childminding establishments.

By the end of this online course you will have the practical knowledge and understanding of risk assessment to help keep the children you care for and any adults in your workplace safe. This course has been developed in line with national health and safety legislation, the EYFS framework and Ofsted guidelines. Risk assessment forms an integral part of Ofsted inspections,

Duration: Approximately 1-2 hours

Access: This online course can be completed on any PC or mobile device. Learners can study at their own pace and log in and out as often as needed.


  1. Suitable for all learning styles with interactive quizzes, audio and video features.
  2. Allows learners to work at their own pace, testing their knowledge as they progress through the course.

Assessment: Self checks after each section of the course and a short multiple-choice assessment at the end of the course.

Certification: On successful completion, learners can download a certificate as evidence that they have passed the course.

Course content includes:

The importance of Risk Assessment

The responsibility for carrying out risk assessment

The 5 steps to risk assessment: –

Step 1 – Identify the hazards

Step 2 – Decide who might be harmed and how

Step 3 – Evaluate the risks and decide on the precautions

Step 4 – Record your finds, develop an action plan and put it into action

Step 5 – Regularly review your assessment and update, if necessary

Ofsted Inspection and Risk Assessment

Focus on the risks of slips, trips and falls

Learning Outcomes: –

At the end of the course the learner should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of risk assessment
  • Identify hazards and evaluate risk
  • Know how to carry out a risk assessment
  • Explain the review process.

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