Working Together for the Benefit of Children and Young People

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UNIT 6: WORKING TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG CHILDREN

1.3: FUNCTIONS OF EXTERNAL AGENCIES

I have a responsibility to help the children in my care achieve the 5 outcomes of the UK Government Initiative Every Child Matters (ECM) – Be Healthy, Stay Safe, Enjoy & Achieve, Make a positive contribution and Achieve economic wellbeing. It is important that I contact and utilise other professionals to help achieve these outcomes. This is where multi-agency and integrated working comes in. By working together with different sectors, professionals and agencies I can help improve the outcomes for children in their developent and learning, which is a requirement of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

There may be times when I am not the only setting a child attends and this can sometimes cause the child some confusion and possibly upset at the transitions between settings. If everyone involved in the child's care can share key information about the child such as their likes and dislikes, developmental stages it means that the child will have more consistency and feel more included and provided for at each setting. When a child in my setting is due to start at another setting, for example pre-school or reception. I try when possible, with permission of the parents to arrange for myself to take to child and visit the new setting.

As an Early Years setting I have external agencies that I could be involved with:  A local education authority (LEA) is a local authority in England and Wales that has responsibility for education within its jurisdiction. Since the Children Act 2004 each local education authority is also a children's services authority and responsibility for both functions is held by the director of children's services.

Local education authorities have some responsibility for all state schools in their area. * They are responsible for distribution and monitoring of funding for the schools * They are responsible for co-ordination of admissions, including allocation of the number of places available at each school * They are the direct employers of all staff in community and VC schools * They have a responsibility for the educational achievement of looked-after children, i.e. children in their care * They have attendance and advisory rights in relation to the employment of teachers, and in relation to the dismissal of any staff * They are the despondent owners of school land and premises in community schools.

Until recently, local education authorities were responsible for the funding of students in higher education (for example undergraduate courses and PGCE) whose permanent address is in their area, regardless of the place of study. Based on an assessment of individual circumstances they offer grants or access to student loans through the Student Loans Company.

Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills (OFSTED) - is the non-ministerial government department of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools In England. They inspect provision of care in the setting. They ensure all practitioners are up to date on training, that they are providing a healthy and safe environment for children and following the EYFS. Ofsted provide support and advice for staff and the setting itself. Social services - are organizations that assist people in need. There are many different types of services that they perform. The main functions of social services include assisting people with issues in their everyday lives such as dealing with their relationships and solving personal and family problems. Some social services also assist clients who face a disability or a life-threatening disease or a social problem such as inadequate housing, unemployment or substance abuse.

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