Unit 1 Assignment
The world today could be compared to a jigsaw for children in an early years setting. For them jigsaws can be challenging, they may not know yet what it stands for, why it must be completed or how to tackle it or even where to start. When I break the analogy down, the pieces could represent the child’s rights, and the selection of jigsaws supplied could stand for the diversity of children, in the same way the practitioner could symbolise the principles of all the legislations that govern the progression of the child. In many ways the simple jigsaw could be the meaningful world around the child, and as for many children around the world they do not yet know their role as an individual or in that case the rights that they have. One of the main roles I have as an early years practitioner is not to dictate these to the child, but instead provide them with a suitable stimulating environment to allow them to learn to pick up the pieces themselves and put together the jigsaw. And with the help and encouragement of practitioners the children can get a sense of how important and who they are in the grander scheme of things.
One of the statutory services the government provides in my local area is a nursery school. Statutory services are provided by the government and are usually completely financed by the local authorities on behalf of the government. There are a few different ways in which these types of setting can support children and families, one being that if the child comes from a working family and both parents have jobs they can both continue to work once the child is old enough to attend nursery. This gives the parents the opportunity to continue to provide for their child by working during the day when most nurseries are open. Another way in which a nursery school provides support for the child is that it is set with other children usually of the same age meaning it can improve their personal, social and emotional skills. As well nursery schools can supply extra assistance if needed for families with children whom have learning difficulties or physical disabilities, this keeps the child involved in mainstream schools unless further assistance is required.
Secondly in my local area there are voluntary settings which support children and their families such as Save the Children which is a charity. Charities are non-profitable organisations where most funding comes from donations. They offer support by focusing on ‘creating a world where the rights and future of each child is at the forefront’. They aim to treat children well and support families that can’t support themselves. They created schemes like the ‘FAST’ programme that provides impoverished children and families the same educational opportunities that other families in the same country can comfortably afford. A third type of setting which strives to provide support for children and families is one from the private sector, that are profit making organisations and come in many forms one of which are nannies. Nannies are beneficial for children as they usually care for that child in their own home, meaning the child is comfortable and safe also reassuring the parents when they are gone. As well a nanny can allow the parents to continue working while their child is safely looked after in the evening time when nurseries and day-care settings may be closed.
The main piece of legislation in my country that supports the rights of the child is The Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (CONI). This document aims to directly relate and co-operate with the more universal document on the rights of the child, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and apply these fundamental principles of child welfare on a local scale. CONI incorporates all the rights of the child as an individual and controls their safeguarding by essentially ensuring that all...