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Children Act 2004
Childcare Act 2006
Disability Discrimination Act 1995
Human Rights Act 1989
Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001

How these legislations influence in a working setting -
Children Act 2004
Children Act 2004 is a legislation in which allowed the government to provide a legal framework for the Every Child Matters programme. The Children Act 2004 aims to support every service for children and can help to aim to focus on improving all outcomes for all children and young people. They aim to do this by ensuring that different services for children and young people work more efficiently together. There are 5 outcomes of which can be found at the ECM centre of the Children act 2004. Childcare Act 2006

Children Act 2006 influences working practices within the setting as it provides a learning framework for children aged 0-5 years which is formally known as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The act includes the wellbeing standards with which all settings registered to work with children less than 8 years old must obey and use. The everyday practice within the settings is affected by the welfare requirements, e.g. the types of snacks available for children, or the amount of adults required to look after a set amount of children. Disability Discrimination Act 1995

The disability discrimination act influences working practice as this act means that it would be illegal for a setting to not make reasonable adjustments to help and support any children who has a disability. The act requires policies that state that any disabled child or parent should not be treated any less than anyone else. This is promoting equal rights. This act influences working practice by saying that all settings should provide wheelchair access for anyone who requires it. The policy also states that every setting should provide all documentation in a large font size so that any child or parent/carer can read it if they are suffering with a sight disability. Human Rights Act 1989

The Human Rights Act 1989 was not particularly for children; however children are allowed or given the same rights as adults. This act influences working practices because the act means that the children have a right to respect, fairness and dignity in the way that they are looked after. Human Rights Act 1989 then states that the setting is not able to use physical punishment e.g. smacking, even if the parent has told the setting to do so, practitioners in the setting must not do so. The human Rights Act 1998 also means that all the parents/carers of the children are also protected.

Special Education Needs and Disability Act 2001
This act is split up into two separate sections. Section 1 strengthened the rights of access of parents and children to mainstream education. This relates back to the idea of inclusive education which means children are not separated from their peers because of a disability or one different need. The second section expanded the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 by including education into the act. This act means that nurseries and schools would need to make sensible adjustments to their setting in order to accommodate a child with special educational needs. Every individual in the setting has different needs. The settings will have to consider each child’s needs and inclusive practice is essential to make sure every child within the setting is considered and cared for. E3

All setting’s are different and all will have a range of policies that make sure that the children’s welfare and safety are pout first. If a practitioner in the setting is worried about a child, they will have to report this to the appropriate person (e.g. supervisor) who will then deal with the issue. This will help make sure that child is safeguarded from any danger or risk because if other practitioners in the setting are made aware of the issue then they can look out for that individual more and being more alert of how the...
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