PROVIDING A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE CURRENT LEGISLATION AND THE REGULATORY BODY IN ENGLAND - A SMALL GUIDE FOR PARENTS -
In order to reassure you Parents that I will provide your child with the best care possible, I would like to outline part of the up to date Home Based Childcare Legislation.
In England, there are numerous laws relating to children. The most relevant one being the CHILDREN ACT (2004). It is an act that all practitioners working with children must adhere to. It arose from the Green Paper “Every Child Matters” and identifies the following outcomes for all children:
Enjoy and achieve
Make a positive contribution
Achieve economic well-being
The CHILDCARE ACT (2006) is another vital legislation as it introduced a number of changes to childminders by introducing the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum in England. The EYFS provides a regulatory framework for children under the act. Its key points are:
Learning and development
The DATA PROTECTION ACT (1998) prevents personal information being passed on without your consent.
The RACE RELATIONS ACT (1976) Amended in 2000 promotes equal opportunities and prevents different groups of people being treated unfairly.
Now, let me explain to you the role of OFSTED.
OFSTED is the Regulatory Body for Childcare and Education in England. Its role is to make sure every home-based child carers are registered before being able to look after other people’s children. You can therefore be assured that I will meet the requirements set out in the EYFS, that I am suitable to care for your Child and that I can promote a safe environment where your Child will be safe and where His/Her learning and development is catered for.
OFSTED will carry out checks and will control home-based childcares using the following steps:...
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