Unit 1 Assignment

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In my assignment I will be looking into the following: The provision of services that provide children’s care and education in the UK; legislation, principles and values that underpin working with children and also the importance of a child centred approach; the importance of valuing, listening, and showing respect towards all children in the setting; how developing the professional skills and study skills will support me during my training and work; how I need to develop and maintain appropriate relationships with parents and other professionals as well as understanding the limits and boundaries of my role. E1 & E2

A statutorily provision for children’s care and education in Chatteris is Cromwell Community College. The Community College take in children from the ages of 11-16 years old. The College is funded by the Local Education Authority (LEA) and the curriculum is set by the national government “The National Curriculum, taught to all pupils in state or maintained schools” (Directgov:2012). The curriculum which is followed is the national curriculum. From years 7 to 9 the following GCSE subjects are mandatory: english, science, maths, I.C.T, physical education, design & technology, music, modern foreign languages (MFL), religious education, geography, and history. The College ensure they follow the guidelines set by the Equality Act 2010. This is done by having an admission policy and an equality policy. Children whose family are on means tested benefits may be entitled to free school dinners, whereas those children whose family are earning above a certain income will not be entitled to free school dinners. The College premises allow easy access for those who may have physical disabilities.

Child-minders also provide care and education for children aged 0-5 years of age. For parents to access this service they will need to pay. However the government will fund 15 hours of free care and education, anything above this then parents will need to pay. Even though the child-minder is a private care and education provider, it still has to implement the statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum for the under-fives. Child-minders help to support families by being flexible with their times that they are able to look after children. This type of setting is a home from home feeling for the child/ren. Meals can either be provided by parents or child-minders. Oxfam is voluntary setting. This means this setting has no government funding. All money which the charity receives is from public donations. The money received is used to provide better care and education for both children and their families. Things such as water pumps, vegetable patches, textbooks and schools, toilets, and medicine are all a result of how far just a tiny amount from each person can go a very long way. E3

The Children Act 2004 was brought in to make provision about different services provided both to and for children and young people by local authorities. It was also brought in to ensure that every child matters by making provision about the different types of children’s care and education services.(Legislation:2012) The following aims are put at the heart of the Act: to be healthy, to ensure safety, to enjoy and achieve, to make a positive contribution and also to achieve economic well-being. The Children Act 2004 is designed to ensure that different services for children’s care and education work more effectively together to provide more knowledgeable services. (p:59;Blake et al;2009) The Childcare Act 2006 is divided up in to four different parts; “duties on local authorities in England, duties on local authorities in Wales, regulation and inspection arrangements for childcare providers in England, and general provisions.”(p:144;Blake et al;2009) This is an act to make a delivery about the duties and powers of the local authorities in relation to the development of the well-being of children and also to the provision of...
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