Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 aims to protect children from discrimination against disability and settings must make adjustment to their provision to enable the rights and needs of each child to provide inclusive care. The Children Act 2004 aims to further improve children’s lives and gives the legal underpinning to ‘Every Child Matters’. It identified five outcomes for all children. Be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being. The Children Act 2006 launched the Early Years Foundation Stage.
The EYFS was revised in September 2012 and sets out ‘The Safeguarding and Welfare’ requirements and ‘Learning and Development’ requirements, childminder’s have to follow in order to meet the statutory framework for children from birth to five years eleven months. The Act also introduced the different registers that are enforced by the Office for Standards in Education. The registers are The Early Years Register, The Compulsory part of the Childcare Register and The Voluntary part of the Childcare Register.
The Act also covers that food you provide is healthy and balanced. Data Protection Act 1998 aims to protect against confidential and sensitive information being misused or passed on. Along with the guidance on how to manage and store information securely. Equality Act 2010 the purpose of this Act is to combine the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976, and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. It emphasises equal opportunities throughout all childcare settings.
It is very important for adults who are responsible for children in there formative years to know this. Children are influenced by everything they see. Adults should also be aware of the years in which they have the skills able to identify and do what they see. Children do not all develop at the same rate; therefore, making it harder to identify this stage of life. Children are more influenced by ...
Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) 1995 if food is prepared on the premises, then you must be registered with the Local Authority as part of the Food Hygiene Directive. Other important legislation: ·Education Act 1981 ·Safeguarding Vulnerable Group Acts 2006 ·Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984 ·Education Reform Act 1989 ·Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (RIDDOR) 1995 ·Health Protection Agency ·Family Law Act 1996 ·Education Act 1997 ·Code of Practice for First Aid 1997 ·Human Rights Act 1998 Protection of Children 1998 ·Care of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 The role of the regulatory bodies, which in the case of England is OFSTED, is there to register and regulate all home-based childcares’. They make sure that you are able to meet the welfare requirements and the learning and development requirements that are set out in the Statutory Framework of the EYFS. OFSTED checks that you, or any other person over the age of sixteen, that will come into regular contact with the children in your care, are deemed suitable.
Also that your home environment is a safe and nurturing place for children to learn and develop. OFSTED enforces current legislation set out by government, they regulate to maintain that the minimum acceptable standards are being met. They make sure that childminder’s are fully compliant and that they are not in breach of the law. Their role is to investigate any complaints or allegations that are made to them. They publish inspection reports on their website allowing complete transparency for each registered candidate. OFSTED ·Registering ·Regulating ·Enforcing ·Investigating