Modern day career women can expect to, or would like to, return to work following the birth of their child. Also a lone parent may want to return to work to ensure they have a better standard of living for their child and themselves. To enable them to do this some may have family members who are willing to help with childcare but others may want to take advantage of the services of a crèche, nursery (private or pre/primary school) or childminders.
However there is legislation and frameworks in place to ensure all children are not disadvantaged by not being bought in their early years (ie birth to five) up by a full time parent.
The main legislation concerning the early lives of children are the Convention of the Rights of the Child 1989, Equality Act 2010 and the Social inclusion and Anti-Poverty Act 2009. The frameworks are Early Years Foundation Stage Principles and Every Child Matters. Under the convention of the rights of the child 1989 a child must be allowed to develop normally both materially and spiritually whilst The Equality Act 2010 is to help protect minority groups and those who are discriminated against. This includes all people, not just children.
Social inclusion and Anti poverty act 2009 looks at four key life stages. Children and families, youth and young adulthood, working age without dependent children and older people. It looks at the human rights for each of these areas and the objectives are to improve how we measure poverty, deprivation and social exclusion and a person’s standard of living.
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework (EYFS) sets a level of standards to ensure that children make progress and no child gets left behind. This framework consists of a set of standards for learning, development and the care of children from birth to five. The framework Every Child Matters also works along the same principles at the EYFS meaning that...