Unit 1-TMA 1
1.1 Outline current legislation relevant to the home-based child carer
“Legislation – Laws, rules and regulation that have been made by acts of parliament”.
Everyone that works with children are governed by legislation that is in place to protect children and the child care provider. In this document I talk about 5 legislations that are relevant to home based child care.
Children Act (1989,2004)
The first Children’s Act became law in 1989. It was the first time that the UK had acknowledged children’s rights. As a result of the death of Victoria Climbie, the Green Paper “Every child matters” was published this then lead to the Children’s Act 2004 with the following five outcomes for all children:
• To be Healthy
• To Stay Safe
• Enjoy and Achieve
• Make a Positive Contribution
• Achieve Economic Wellbeing
A duty was put on local authorities and other bodies that work with children to work together to safeguard the interests and well-being of all children.
Childcare Act (2006)
The first piece of legislation dedicated to Early Years Foundation Stage Services (EYFS) framework in England and Wales which is for children aged 0-5 years. “It also sets out the statutory assessment of all settings currently carried out by Ofsted”. (Riddall-Leech,2015)
Equality Act (2010)
This Act simplifies all previous legislation relating to equality making it easier to understand and comply with. It protects the rights of all people from discrimination regardless of age, gender, race, religion or beliefs, sexual orientation or disability.
Children and Families Act (2014)
Introduced a new system to create a much better protection for vulnerable children including the following areas, adoption and children in care, looked-after children, family justice and (SEND) special educational needs and disabilities. Introducing changes to support children’s welfare and help for families to balance work and family life better.
Data Protection Act (1998)
To ensure that the process and management of personal data is shared appropriately and that records about children are stored securely. No personal or confidential information is to be disclosed without written consent from the parent.
1.2 Summarise current legislation and guidelines relating to the Health and Safety of Children.
There are many legislations in place to ensure that your workplace is a safe place for