Completing the Food Safety course (Level 2)


Level 2 certificate

Thursday 22nd December 2016

As additional training, I took part in a 6 hour food safety course. This course was level 2 and the following subjects were covered:

  • Microbiological hazards
  • Food poisoning and its controls
  • Contamination hazards
  • Spoilage and preservation
  • Food handlers and personal hygiene
  • Food premises and equipment
  • Food pests and controls
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Food safety law and enforcement

I think that this course was very beneficial as it aloud me to understand the risks of contamination. Consequently, it is fundamental that personal hygiene is of a good standard when working with any forms of food. This course was specifically aimed for when teaching children with SEN/D within mainstream or special school environments. This is because children whom have additional needs may be unable to feed themselves and may rely on assistance. However, it is also important to note that you may be required to make food within mainstream settings. For example, during my professional practice, teachers were in control of the food at break time and at events such as school discos. The course raised the issue of not washing your hands correctly and provided me with effective methods to do so. As an adult, I already understand the importance of washing my hands but it was still interesting to see the consequences of not doing so. As this course is a level 2, it may be interesting to obtain the level 3 certificate in the imminent future. I think that this course may often be overlooked by teachers as they often handle food without thought. However, I found it to be very beneficial. Also, it was interesting to gain knowledge of the main types of allergens and how to control this within a classroom/play scheme setting. As trainee teachers/qualified teachers, it is OUR job to keep the children safe. In order to do this, it is important that I get to know each child individually and become aware of their allergies. In regards to practice, I have seen this in forms of posters or child profiles.

Teachers’ Standards links…

TS1a, TS5d, TS8d


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