I RA every kind of trip or outing. If they are regular things like a particular school run or a playgroup visit I have a RA on a separate sheet and then do something like this: a big sheet with days of the week (1,2,3,4 etc) on the left and at the top I have the names of the outings. So it looks like a big table with lots of boxes and then I just tick each day where we went. Remeber every single RA has to have a date it was created (or a review date) and a name of the person who filled it in (I saw it comes up a lot in inspection reports)
I have risk assessments for each room in the house, drive and garden, each regular outing, a general one for out and about, which lists every eventuality I can think of. I make notes in my diary/register of where we have been and any risks identified, which are not on my main document. These notes also include extra risks identified in our normal daily activities - ie biting child, cars parked on the pavement we walk down, etc.
Risk assessment also includes what action I am going to take, if any, as a result of identifying the risk.
I got pulled up at my last inspection for not having a planned review date shown on my risk assessment, despite the fact that it was dated the day before.
HSMM - I'm in the middle of changing my templates as mine are very complicated and I'd rather they were simplified! Would you mind emailing a template to me? K.E did give me a sample of the ones they recommend but thought I'd see how you do yours first. I'd ideally like them updated before my assessor visit! .
You can also download risk assessments from the place you are visiting. Eg. if you were going to The Deep in Hull, go onto their website and download their RA. You then do not have to do a recce if you have never been there before. Just date it the day you go & file it afterwards.
A good tip I was given and have found useful is to carry a risk assessment notebook.If you want to change your plans and stop at a park you haven't been to before you can then jot down a quick risk assessment. It shows ofsted that you do think about it when out and about. Paperwork does not have to be pretty and printed out just so long as it does the job, keep it simple. The health and safety website has a good printout on how to do a risk assessment, worth printing out and filing with your risk assessments. I also have a tick list for risk assessing my house but I do date it every time. Its the date that ofsted are looking for to show that you do do it every day before mindees arrive.