Unit 3 Assignment: Supporting children- Resubmission
E1 E2 A1- There are many legislations today linked with working settings for children. One of these is The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This legislation covers the health and safety for work throughout Great Britain. It states on legislation.gov.uk that The Health and Safety at Work Act is ‘an act to make further provision for securing the health, safety and welfare of persons at work, for protecting others against risks to health or safety in connection with the activities of persons at work, for controlling the keeping and use and preventing the unlawful acquisition, possession and use of dangerous substances, and for controlling certain emissions into the atmosphere; to make further provision with respect to the employment medical advisory service; to amend the law relating to building regulations.’(http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1974/37, 31-01-2014). This legislation is to ensure all adults and children are safe whether it be using equipment or the environment that they are in. In every setting there must be a health and safety policy. A way in which my setting follow this legislation is that they have a health and safety policy. From having this legislation parents staff and the children can feel safe within, when entering and leaving the setting as they know that they are within a safe environment. Also parent have the sense of relief as they know their children are safe with into he setting. From this legislation procedures are put into place for staff so when an incident has happened they can deal with it calmly and know exactly what to do. An example in which they follow this is all tools are stored correctly were children cannot access. It states in my settings policy that ‘All tools are stored appropriately in a commercially purchased storage unit sited in the technology recourses.’(St Aidan’s Catholic Primary School, Health and Safety Policy, page 9) Legislation is The Children Act 2004. This legislation was updated from Children Act 1989 due to the Victoria Climbe incident. This act is to improve the communication of professionals for children’s well being and for the interests of the children. From this legislation Every Child Matters was also brought into place that has five outcomes for children. These five outcomes are: Stay safe, Be healthy, Enjoy and Achieve, Achieve economic well being and Make a positive contribution. The purpose of The Children Act has four key themes, C.Meggitt states that these key themes are: ‘Supporting parent and carers.
Early intervention and effective protection.
Accountability and integration – locally, regionally and nationally. Workforce reforms.’
(Child Care and Education, Second Edition, page 118)My setting put this legislation into place as they have a safeguarding policy and they follow procedures with all children. From having this legislation children know exactly what they are entitled to and also it tells staff exactly how to act and teach within the setting. Legislation is The Equality Act 2010. This act is aims to prevent discrimination within the setting. The Equality Act has 9 characteristics these are: Age, Disability, Gender reassignment, Marriage and civil partnership, Pregnancy and maternity, Race, Religion or belief, Sex and Sexual orientation. My setting follows this legislation by not discriminating anyone who comes into the setting. This act was replaced from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. C.Meggitt states that this act was replaced to make the law simpler as she says ‘The act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws (such as the disability Discrimination Act 1995) with a single act to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies. The Act strengthened protection in some situations.’ (Child Care and Education, Second Edition , page 119) from having this legislation parents children and staff feel welcomed into the setting as they know that they will not be judged....
Bibliography: Books used: Bruce.t. Greniner.j. Meggitt.c., (2012), Child Care and Education, Second Edition, Hodder Education, London.
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