Current policies, frameworks and influences on the early year’s sector
• United nations convention on the rights of the child
in 1989 world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for under 18s because they often need special care. The four core principles are non-discrimination, devotion to the best interests of the child, the right to life, survival and development and to respect the views of a child. They also protect children’s rights by setting the standards in health care, education and legal, civil and social services. All children have a right to adequate food, shelter, clean water, education, health care, leisure and recreation. This act protects all children up to the age of 18 regardless of race, religion, gender, culture, whether they are rich or poor have a disability, what they do and don’t say and what language they speak, no child should be treated unfairly. The best interests of the child must always come first when making decisions that can affect them. The EYFS works at setting the standards for learning ensuring that children make progress and no child gets left behind. The government has a responsibility to take measures to make sure children’s rights are protected, respected and fulfilled. The education act introduced free childcare provisions for under-fives and since September 1st 2010 this rose from 12 and a half hours a week to 15 hours a week. The free entitlement provides access to education and care and the hours can be flexible over the week, all childcare provisions must use the EYFS and help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes. Councils are adopting a single term entry into reception class and in my setting this start in September 2011 where we will only have one intake of children so some of the children will have recently turned 4 years old. In my setting reception class and nursery work closely together covering the same themes each term. This means that all reception...
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