Confidentiality and data protection are vital and important whilst running a childminding business because of the following reasons:
Confidentiality is mainly about the trust and respect, as parents give you information about their child, they do this with the trust that it will not be passed on to others and is only used solely for the purpose that it was given to you. There will be times whilst children are within the early years age group that reports will have to be written, these may be for the purposes of routine reports to share with parents/carers, or reports for other professionals such as; speech therapists, social workers etc. and also sent along to a child’s new setting to keep in lines with keeping information confidential it is of great importance that it should only contain accurate and relevant objective information. It also protects childminders as details about me and my business can not be disclosed either. It’s a way of protecting everyone, not just the families that are enrolled.
Data protection is a very important piece of legislation that was brought into power in 1998, because it has been designed to prevent confidential and personal information being passed on to other people and any relevant companies without a person’s consent. This also means that any information that is stored of children should be kept in either a password protected or lockable location. As a childminder, if I stored any personal details about other people on my computer or any digital format (including smartphones and photos on digital cameras), I would probably need to notify the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) that I was a "data controller" for data protection purposes. The ICO is the UK's independent public body set up to promote access to official information and protect personal information. The ICO enforces and oversees the Data Protection Act 1998. Since 2008, as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, childminders in England have been...
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