Produce an information sheet which outlines the following:
• The current legislation for home based childcare
• The role of regulatory body
THE CURRENT LEGISLATION FOR HOME BASED CHILDCARE:
This fact sheet provides a brief introduction to some of the key legislation that protects children in UK.
There is no single piece of legislation that covers child protection in the UK, but rather a myrad of laws and guidance that are continually being amended, updated and revoked.
- The Children Act 1989
These acts were introduced in an effort to simplify the laws affecting children. They emphasise the importance of the principle of paramountcy, which means that a child’s welfare is paramount when making decisions about his or her upbringing. the Children Act 1989 (‘the 1989 Act’), which concerns the provision of local authority support for children and families. In particular it describes how local authorities should carry out their responsibilities in relation to care planning, placement and case review for looked after children. These responsibilities are designed to support the local authority in its primary duty set out in section 22(3) of the 1989 Act to safeguard and promote the welfare of the looked after child and to act as good corporate parents to enable each looked after child to achieve his/her full potential in life.
- The children Act 2004
The children Act 2004 was prompted by the Lord Laming inquiry into the horrific history of abuse and eventual death of Victoria Climbie in February 2002. The inquiry report revealed major failings within the different child protection systems and procedures with which the eight-year-old girl came into contact. Victoria Climbie died despite being known to four London boroughs, two hospitals, two police child protection teams and the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. It Aims to improve and integrate children’s services, promote early intervention, provide strong leadership and bring together different professionals in multi-disciplinary teams in order achieve positive outcomes for children and young
people and their families. Local authorities are given a lead role in securing the co-operation of partners in setting up children’s trust arrangements and the Act allows some flexibility in how these are structured and organised. The Act aim to improve effective local working to safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing. The Act take a child-centred approach and includes universal as well as targeted and specialist services. Part of the aim of integration of services, plans and information is to enable young people’s needs to be identified early to allow timely and appropriate intervention before needs become more acute. The success of local implementation will be assessed by the achievement of the Every Child Matters outcomes for children and young people: - be healthy
- stay safe
- enjoy and achieve
- make a positive contribution
- achieve economic wellbeing
- The Children Act 2006
The Early Years Foundation (EYFS) was established under the Childcare Act 2006 and is a framework of learning, development and care for children from birth to five. It describes what is meant by high quality Early Years provision in England attended by children from birth up to the age of 5+. The Children Act 2006 provides for the EYFS learning and development requirements to include three elements: - The early learning goals ; the knowledge, skills and understanding that young children should have acquired by the end of academic year in which they reach by the age of five. - The education programmes ; the matters, skills and processes which are required to be taught to young children. - The assessment arrangements ; the arrangements for assessing young...