Current Legislation for Home Based Childcare

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The current legislation for home based childcare ensures children are cared for in a safe environment by carers who are committed to providing each child with the skills for their future.

The Law The Childcare Act 2006, all childcare providers must promote the 5 outcomes for children. They are considered to be essential to children becoming happy and successful adults. 1. Help us achieve well and enjoy what we do.

2. Protect us from harm or neglect and help us stay safe. 3. Help us to be healthy.
4. Help us to make a positive contribution.
5. Help us to develop skills for the future.

The EYFS, Early Years Foundation Stage. From September 2008, all early years providers in Ofsted –registered settings are required to deliver the EYFS. (more on Ofsted below) The EYFS framework sets out the standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage – the 31st August after their 5th birthday. The main aim of the EYFS is to help every child achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes these five outcomes are as per the children’s act 2006 as listed above and the UN Convention listed below. The framework is intended to provide a consistent but flexible approach to care and learning and ensure that whatever setting parents choose, they can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning. These are based around four themes: 1. A unique child – every child should be helped to become a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. 2. Positive relationships – children should be encouraged to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. 3. Enabling environments – care and learning must recognise that the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. 4. Learning and...
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