Unit 1: Task 1.1
legislation Excerpts from legislation Children act (1989, 2004) The children act (2004) identifies five outcomes for all children:
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well-being
The 2004 act placed a duty on local authorities and partners to work together to safeguard and promote the well-being of children and young people. This act sets out rules and regulations on how big a space you need to set up homebased childcare and covers the numbers and ages of children that a home-based child career can look after at any one time.
Childcare act (2006) The Childcare Act 2006 sets out the following legal duties:
Local authorities are required to ensure sufficient childcare.
Local authorities are required to provide information to parents and families.
Agencies are required to work together and integrate services.
The Act introduces the education and care framework (EYFS).
The Act reforms regulation and inspection with the introduction the Ofsted registers.
Local authorities are enabled to gain and record information to support future funding.
The aim of the Act is to transform childcare and early years services.
Key points of the Act include the introduction of an education and care framework (EYFS), responsibilities of the local authority and the introduction of the Ofsted registers.
This sets out all of the statutory requirements of the EYFS. You will be inspected against this by Ofsted or a childminder agency.
Equality act (2010) The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in wider society. It replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single Act, making the law easier to understand and strengthening protection in some situations. It sets out the different ways in which it’s unlawful to treat someone regardless of age gender race religion or beliefs sexual orientation or disability.
This act is set out to make sure we have an environment where children feel welcome and valued no matter what age, sex, race or religion. Also, to improve our knowledge and understanding on disabilities race and religion.
Children and families act ( 2014) The Children and Families Act 2014 gives young carers a right to a carer’s assessment and to have their needs met.The Care Act and the Children and Families Act together should ensure that the needs of the whole family are met and inappropriate caring for young people is prevented or reduced. This act will help us support young children and their families and to ensure their needs are met.
Data protection act (1998) The Data Protection Act controls how your personal information is used by organizations, businesses or the government. Everyone responsible for using data has to follow strict rules called ‘data protection principles’. It is to also make sure personal and confidential information about the children you care for is not passed on without the written consent of the parents. This act is to make sure we understand the importance of confidentiality of the children we care for. This act will help us understand where to keep documents and for how long they should be kept.
Unit 1: Task 1.2
Health and safety at work act (1974) You must make sure your work place is a safe and secure place to work for you and everyone around you. You should understand how to manage health and safety in your own home.
Children act (1989, 2004) This act sets out rules and regulations on how big a space you need to set up homebased childcare and covers the numbers and ages of children that a home-based childcarer can look after at any one time.
Health and safety (first aid)
Regulations (1981) You must have a pediatric first aid course qualification. This is part of the welfare requirements of the EYFS. Your first aid qualification has to be renewed every year.
Control of substances hazardous to health regulations (2002) These regulations are usually referred to COSHH (control of substances hazardous to health) it is your responsibility as a home-based child career to make sure any substances or liquids that are hazardous to health bleach, washing powder or dishwasher tablets, are not accessible to children at any time. You should also know what to do if a child accidently comes into contact with any hazardous substance.
Childcare act (2006) This sets out all of the statutory requirements of the EYFS. You will be inspected against this by Ofsted or a childminder agency.
The regulatory reform (fire safety)
Order (2005) You must carry out a risk assessment of potential fire dangers in your setting. This can be part of your normal risk assessment procedures.
Personal protective equipment at work regulations (1992) You need to make sure you have the appropriate protective clothing available, such as disposable gloves, aprons for dealing with bodily fluids. This clothing should also be available to anyone who is working with you or an assistant.
Reporting of injuries, diseases and dangerous occurrences (1995) These regulations are usually referred to as RIDDOR. Any serious accident that results in serious injuries needing treatment from a doctor, must be reported to the health and safety executive. In addition, outbreaks or a serious disease or death of a child in your care must be reported. You must keep an accident book that records and accident that happens to a child in your care. Parents must sign this incident book.