Unit 1- Working with Children

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CACHE Level 3 Award, Level 3 Certificate and Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education

Unit 1
An Introduction to working with children

E1 – Describe three different types of settings which provide care and education for children in your area. There are three types of settings that provide education and also care for children these are called the Statutory Sector, Voluntary Sector and the Private Sector. They all have specific jobs/roles, each providing services aimed at different people. A Statutory setting is provided by the government and has to be available for children to attend by law. This means that they have passed the legislation, which requires government or local authorities to open them. It is the duty of the Secretary of State to make sure that statutory services are provided. Secondary schools, these setting are funded by taxes. This school has a supportive governing body consisting of parents and staff, and it provides free education services. Voluntary settings provided to organisations such as charities. They rely on most of or all of their funding from donations. They are also staffed mainly by volunteers. This setting does not make any profit because any spare income goes towards their specific charity. The Brownies programme helps to develop confidence and allows children to learn new skills without making profit. Private settings make a profit from providing their services. They are inspected regularly to ensure that the health and safety standards of the service are maintained for the safety of the children. An example of a private setting is a private day nursery. The nurseries main focuses are the children as a main priority, policies and health and safety. E2 – Describe how each of the types of settings identified in E1 aims and supports children and their families. The Voluntary setting helps children and families by providing a service for children to attend. The service usually costs a small fund and all the profits go to providing better services for the child which is a great way to make new friends and to develop confidence and teach the child how to co-operate with others. The Voluntary setting aims to help families get a service which keeps the child occupied, also if the parents wish, they could become volunteers which would allow them to find out what the service is about and what it does. The Statutory setting is a service that every child has to attend by law. Statutory services are paid for by taxes. The service benefits children as it educates the in all aspects of life. It also gives them opportunities to make friends and also socialise. If a child does not attend the parents could be fined. Statutory services could benefit parents by educating their children and by taking them off their hands for the majority of the working day and also keep them safe. A Statutory setting is needed because without it some families may not be able to get their children into education; this also helps with money issues because of it being funded for by taxes. The Private setting is an optional service which looks after and cares for children, this setting costs different amounts depending on the type of service. This can help the child as it allows them to socialise with children in their own age range. This will help a parent as it cares for their child whilst they are busy working. Also it will get the child used to educational environment which will help for when they start at primary school. A Private setting is needed so that parents who want their child to have the best possible education they can have the ability to do so, this setting isn’t ideal for all because it might be too expensive for certain families to afford.

E3 – Describe the main legislation in your country that supports the rights of children. CHILDREN’S ACT 2004
The main legislation that supports children in the United Kingdom is the “Children’s act 2004” This act aims to make provision for the establishment of a...
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