Four pieces of legislation which I consider to be important for home based childcarers are:
• the Equality Act 2010
• the Childcare Act (2006)
• the Children Act (2004)
• the Data Protection Act (1998)
I would outline these to Anjum’s parents in the following way:
Equality Act (2010)
I would explain that The Equality Act 2010 legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society. The act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act to make the law easier to understand and to remove inconsistencies.
The act covers nine protected characteristics, and the characteristics applying to home-based childcare include disability, race, ...view middle of the document...
Data Protection Act (1998)
I would outline that the Data Protection Act (1998) defines UK law on the processing of data on living people, and is the main piece of legislation that governs the protection of personal data in the UK. In basic terms it provides a way for individuals to control information about themselves.
I would explain that, as a childminder, I may hold personal data on the parents and children that I mind, and that I am legally obliged to comply with this Act.
I would tell Anjum’s parents that the act protects sensitive personal data being published without a persons consent, and that where children are involved (such as with childminding), consent has to be given by a parent or guardian.
The regulatory bodies in the UK are:
• Ofsted - England
• Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) - Wales
• Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care - Scotland
• Local Health and Social Services Trust - Northern Ireland
These regulatory regulations make sure that all childcare providers follow the same structure of care, learning and development for children. This structure improves the quality and consistency of care in all Early Years settings, and therefore also helps to create a framework for the partnership between parents and providers.
In England the structure is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) which promotes children to learn through play; covers basic welfare requirements such as safeguarding children; making sure that people who care for children are suitable as well as the premises and equipment used; covers the learning and development requirements for children. It also promotes equality of opportunity for all children
I would explain to Anjum’s parents that the fundamental role of the regulatory body is to ensure that children receive the best possible care in the settings a child attends away from their home. The systems they have in place will also reassure parents, guardians and carers who have to be able to entrust their child to an organisation or individual to look after.
I would advise them that, as an Ofsted registered childminder, the system has made sure that I:
• Meet the welfare requirements and learning and development requirements which are set out in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
• Am a suitable person to provide care for children
• Can promote an environment where children are well cared for, are safe, and their learning and...