The upmost importance to being a home-based child care provider is the children’s wellbeing. It is also paramount that I have a professional, open and honest relationship with the parents/carers and it is essential that we are able to communicate with each other. If it was the case that I had a family who had recently moved to the U.K my first priority would be to ascertain if they could speak and understand English. If there was no language barrier I would discuss the legislations in place and inform them that as a child-minder I have to follow legislations as acts of law and also explain the role of the regulatory body Ofsted to which I have to adhere to, I would also give them written information to support this. If the parents had difficulty with, or not much understanding of the English language or written English then I would enquire if there was a family member or friend that could help with the language barrier if this wasn’t an option I would try the internet (Google translation), but failing that I wouldn’t hesitate to find a translator as inclusion and anti-discrimination is of the upmost importance. Similarly if they had some understanding or could read English I would ensure that the legislations and regulatory body’s policies were put into writing for them. In all cases I would try my upmost to make the child feel welcome and secure and give the parents the reassurance they may need.
The role of the regulatory body
Ofsted is the regulatory body in England. Ofsted inspects and regulates the services of childcare providers. The role of these regulatory bodies is to ensure that children receive the best possible care in all the settings a child attends away from their home. The systems they have in place will also reassure parents/ carers who have to be able to entrust their child to an organisation or individual to look after. There are two different registers for childcare providers:
The Early Years Register: Childcare providers of children aged from birth until the 31 August following their fifth birthday must register on the Early Years Register. The Childcare Register: Childcare providers offering childcare to children older than those requiring early years registration but under the age of eight must register on the compulsory part of the Childcare Register The children’s act 2004 states that anyone that look after other peoples children in their own home must be registered with the early year’s directorate of Ofsted in England. The role of Ofsted is ensure that your home meet the legal requirements to provide a safe and secure environment where children are well cared for, safe and their learning development is positively encouraged, safe and to promote high quality childcare. This process also requires checks on the person providing the care and every other adult that live on the premises. This is to protect children and give reassurances to parents/carers that the person providing the childcare is suitable to work with children. The aims of the registrations system;
The requirements of a child-minder for registration with Ofsted are completion of an application form. An application to the criminal records bureau for an enhanced disclosure: for the child minder and other adults who live in the household. An Ofsted Registration fee is payable. A health check with their G.P is also mandatory to ensure a person is fit and healthy to look after children. A child-minder must have a current 12 hour paediatric first aid certificate which must be updated every 3 years. In England Ofsted require the following welfare requirements: •Safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare
•Suitable premises, environment and equipment
Ofsted inspect early year’s providers to ascertain the quality and standards of the care, learning and development of children – these standards are in the Statutory Framework for the...