K4P775 Legislation covering children’s rights and laws covering equality and inclusion within your home country. How these are interpreted and implemented in your local are and within your setting or service. Every child within my and any other setting has the right to be valued, treated as an individual and belonging. My role as a child care professional is to ensure that all the children that attend my setting are treated fairly. This is where I refer to inclusion, and looking critically at how I can ensure each child can access appropriate education and care. As a professional practitioner I make sure that I and my team strive for inclusion education and care or all children, and to celebrate the diversity of children, families and communities as it is all of our responsibilities. This I feel is essential so that all children can learn to value diversity in others and to break down barriers to participation and a sense of belonging. There are a huge array of legislation covering all areas within the Early Years sector that is in place in order to safeguard children’s safety, well being and development. As a practitioner I have to ensure that I keep up to date with any changes and amendments so that I and my setting practice are always in line with statutory law. A major part of this legislation is the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This is an international treaty that determines the human rights of children, and to which the UK is a signatory. The treaty applies to all children and young people aged 17 and under, providing them with a set of comprehensive rights. The Race Relations Act 1976 was amended in 2000, which outlawed racial discrimination, requiring named public authorities to review their policies and procedures. It places responsibility onto public organisations to take account of the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, promote good relations between people of different racial groups, prepare and publish a race quality policy and monitor and assess the effect of their polices. The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 (SENDA) ensures the right for disabled children and young people to access education and training without being discriminated against. It makes it unlawful for any educational setting, including a childminder to treat a person with a disability less favourably than a non – disabled because of their disability. It is my responsibility along with the manager of my setting to take reasonable steps to prevent disadvantaging and discriminating against children and their families and ensures that we do the following, I make changes to the settings policies and procedures.
Gain information, advice, training and support on how to include the child into the setting. Make physical changes to physical layout of the setting i.e. hand rails, ramps, hosts etc. Work with other professionals who support the family.
Make changes or adapt the planning to the suit every child.
Provide activities in alternative formats.
Another act that I also have to ensure that I am following is the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA). This particular act in intended to prevent discrimination that disabled children and young people face. In 2005 this act was significantly extended, giving disabled people extended rights and defines a disabled person as ‘someone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day to day activities.’ All schools are covered by this act and it unlawful for settings to discriminate in admissions, education and associated services and exclusions. The Disability Discrimination Act and the Special Educational Needs (SEN) framework are designed to join together in their duties. The purpose of the SEN framework is to ensure provision to meet the individual special educational needs of the children. The Children Act...
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