The two most important pieces of legislation covering home-based childcare are the Children Act (2004) and the Childcare Act (2006(.
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
These outcomes should underpin all practice of a childminder.
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.
Other relevant legislation of importance to you is:
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.
Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations (1995)
This sets out