Legislation regulating home based child carer’s and the role of Ofsted the regulatory body All people working with children are governed by legislation that is in place to protect your children and the child care provider. In this document I have listed four important legislations that are of particular importance to home based child care providers and noted how I aim to incorporate them into my practice. Child care practitioners also have a regulatory body; in England it is Ofsted. This document gives you a brief description of their supervisory role in child care settings. However, the list of legislation is not comprehensive and nor is the short description of Ofsted’s Role, if you would like more information or would like to discuss anything written in this leaflet, please ask and I would be happy to provide you as a parent with more details. Children’s Act 1989 & 2004
The first time Children’s rights were recognised under UK Law was in the Children’s Act 1989, which summarised, means ‘the needs of the child are paramount’ (Riddall-Leech 2010 p18). Later, in 2004, the Every Child Matters agenda was born. This is the primary legislative Act that all childcare practitioners must observe. It outlines five conclusions that all children should meet. These are – Be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being. My childcare practice is committed to achieving all the outcomes of the every child matters charter by: - Be healthy
By serving homemade healthy balanced meals and snacks.
Providing daily opportunities for physical activity both indoors and outside. Ensuring a smoke free environment.
Everyone who frequently visits the setting including myself and my assistant have enhanced disclosures. There is a zero tolerance of bullying and all children are helped to understand their behaviour if they cause upset or bullying to another child. Enjoy and achieve
By providing ample opportunities to experience new environments and activities. Tailoring activities to your child’s likes, needs and working in collaboration with you the parents and any other child care provider you may have. By being supportive, encouraging and positively feeding back to both your child and you. Make a positive contribution
By building a trusting positive relationship built on mutual respect. Giving your child the time and attention and to listen to them so they gain confidence feel a part of our community within the setting. Achieve economic well being
Although this is a difficult task to achieve for a child care provider in early years I believe we help to set up the foundations of this by teaching the basics of money, the importance of education and by igniting the ambition for knowledge and learning.
Childcare Act 2006
When this act was introduced in 2006 it brought about huge changes to home based child care. It requires all child care provider’s to register with Ofsted, the regulating body and that all children up to the age of 5 in child care learn and develop well using the Statutory Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. By using carefully planned monthly topics and activity schemes it will ensure that all adult led and some of the child led play meets the various learning and development goals of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Through observation, both planned and spontaneous, the monthly planned schemes will be tailored to your child’s individual needs and ensure that they are developing to the best of their potential. The learning plans are always available for you to view and you will be able to view your child’s achievements in their ‘Unique Story’ book which will include all observations, examples and photos of their work and anything else your child would like to put in there for you to see. There will also be space for you to write and comment.
This act has replaced all previous dicrimation laws and combined them into one Act to protect people from...
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