level 3 childcare unit 3
1. Children act 1989
2. Disability discrimination act 1995 (DDA)
3. Children act 2004
4. Human rights act 1995
5. Equality act 2006
The children act 1989 has influenced some settings by bringing together several sets of guidance and provided the foundation for many of the standards practitioners sustain and maintain when working with children. The act requires that settings work together in the best interests of the child and form partnerships with parents or carers. It requires settings to have appropriate adult to child ratios and policies and procedures on child protection. This act has had an influence in all areas of practice from planning a curriculum and record keeping. The every child matters framework has influenced settings by giving them and other external organizations a duty to find new ways of working together by sharing information and working co-operatively to protect children from harm.
From September 2002 the disability discrimination act 1995 (DDA) applies to all providers of early years services. ‘The requirement to make physical alterations is covered by the planning duties in the disability discrimination act.’ (www.inclusivechoice.com 16/01/14) schools and local authorities have to develop plans to improve how accessible it is for disabled children to access an area. ‘These plans had to be published by April 2003 and must show how schools are going to make improvements in three areas;
∞ Improve the access to the curriculum
∞ Physical improvements in to increase access to the building’s and
∞ Improvements in the provision of information in different formats for disabled children’.
The children act 2004 was introduced as a result of the death of Victoria Climbie. This was the introduction to ‘every child matters’ which ensures the wellbeing of children through the following five outcomes;
1. Be healthy
2. Stay safe
3. Enjoy and achieve
4. Have a positive contribution