Current Legislation Covering Homebased Childcare And The Role Of The Regulatory Bodies
Children Act (2004)
This influential piece of legislation arose from the Green Paper ‘Every Child Matters’ and identifies five outcomes for all children:
* Be healthy
* Stay safe
* Enjoy and achieve
* Make a positive contribution
* Achieve economic well-being
Childcare Act (2006)
This Act introduced the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum into England and Wales, and place a statutory duty on the local authority to work towards ensuring the five outcomes set out in the Children Act (2004) are being met.
Equality Act (2010)
The intention of this Act is to combine the fragmented discrimination legislation, bringing together the Sex Discrimination Act (1975), Race Relations Act (1976), and DDA (1995). Promotion of equal opportunities in all settings is essential, and relevant policies and procedures should be developed, monitored and assessed.
Education Act (1997)
This Act incorporates all previous Acts since 1944. It recognise the rights of parents regarding their children’s education and set a time frame on the legal process for identifying and assessing a child’s needs as set out in the Code of Practice.
Public Health (Control of Disease) Act (1984), RIDDOR (1995) and Health Protection Agency Act (2004)
All these legislations are focused on protecting people’s health, covering notification and exclusion periods for certain infectious diseases and reporting of certain accidents and incidents.
The Human Rights Act 1998
The human rights act 1998 (HRA), which incorporates the rights contained in the European Convention of Human Rights (the convention) into UK law, is also relevant in challenging discrimination. This came into force on 2nd October 2000.
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995
The DDA stares that it is illegal to treat Disabled person less favourably than a non-disabled person without