Unit 1- An introduction to working with children
There are three different types of settings which provide care and education for children in my area. One of them is called the statutory sector, this is a service that has to be available by law. Legislations have been passed which requires either the government or local authorities to provide them. This service gets payed for by people paying taxes so if we didn’t pay our taxes then these services would no longer be funded. An example of a statutory setting would be Richardson Dees primary school, this is because they are funded by the government. Children start from nursery all the way up to year 6 before they have to leave. This school provides support for children and their families by giving the children an opportunity to learn new experiences. They provide care for the children and supply information about them for their parents so they know how they are progressing in school. This school follows the children act 2004 (every child matters) so that all children can be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic well-being. They teach the children about health and safety in order to equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will enable them to live positive, successful and healthy lives. They provide free school meals to any child who have parents that are in receipt of income support, a job seekers allowance, support under the immigration and asylum act of 1999, or children tax credit(with income below a certain limit). Also children under five, and whose parents receive the above benefits, are entitled to free milk each school day. They have clubs and activities after school for children to attend if they want to i.e. cheerleading, film club, street dance ect. They also have a breakfast club for children with parents who may need to go to work early.
Another one is called the voluntary sector, this is a service that are provided by organisations such as charities where some or all of their funding comes from donation. In a voluntary service they don’t need legislation on how to be in order. An example of a voluntary setting would be The Longbenton Youth Project, this is because they are totally funding by donations so that they can plan trips and activities. The age range varies for the children and adults, basically anyone is also welcome to join in. This club provides care and support for children and adults who maybe have nothing to do after school or at the weekend. They have groups of children that have their own group name of their choice and they organise different trips and activities for them to enjoy at the weekend or through the holidays. They have meetings for parents and co-workers to talk about different things like who much money they would need for certain trips, resources ect, what they are planning to do over the holidays, who is going to go on which trips, hat parents are going to join in and help out with different things. It is also a way to meet new people and socialize with other people your age just to have a chat and a drink and enjoy the company of other people.
The other service is called private sector, this is a service that are profit-making services. Parents pay for their child to attend so that the school can get money to pay for the bills for the school and buy supplies. An example of a private setting would be Jesmond private nursery, this is because the children’s parents pay for them to attend. The children start from a very early age and can stay there until they are about 4-5 years. This nursery provides care for children while their parents are working. They are able to drop their child off in the morning and they would get their breakfast, they would then be allowed to play in their room with different things that are set out. When I attended this placement I was in the busy bee room with children aged 2-3 years and throughout that day they would have a...
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