Current Legislation Covering Home Based Childcare

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The Children Act 1989 aimed to ensure that the welfare of the child is paramount, to work in partnership with parents to protect the child from harm. The Act was intended to strengthen the child’s legal position. To give them equal rights, consider their feelings and wishes and to ensure children were consulted and kept informed. Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice 2001 it focuses on preventative work to ensure that children’s special educational needs are identified as quickly as possible and that early action is taken to meet those needs. 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...
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