As a registered childminder in England I am bound to adhere to current legislation.
These legislations include –
. Data Protection Act 1998 – this act controls the way information is handled and gives legal rights to people who have information stored about them.
. Equality Act 2010 – This draws together the contents of a number of previous documents including the Disability Discrimination Act and says that everyone has a legal duty to be inclusive, which means that, as childminders, we must offer an inclusive service to children, their families and any visitors to our homes.
. Childcare Act 2006 – The act guarantees accessible, high quality childcare & other services for children under five and places responsibility for childcare provision with local authorities.
. Children Act 2004 – This act was introduced to maximise opportunities and minimise risks for all children and young people, focusing services more effectively around the needs of children, young people and families and covers five main outcomes for children
. be healthy
. stay safe
. enjoy and achieve
. make a positive contribution
. achieve economic well being
Also as a childminder I am regulated by, and registered with Ofsted. It is the role of Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education) to register and inspect all childcare providers with the aim of –
. protecting children
. ensuring that childcare providers make provision that meet legal requirements
. ensuring that providers help children to be healthy and safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and develop skills for the future
. promoting high quality care, learning and development (by adhering to the EYFS)
. providing reassurance for parents
Ofsted regulates two registers regarding childcare –
. The Early Years Register
. The Childcare Register