Outline the Current Legislation Covering Home Based Childcare and the Role of Regulatory Bodies
Four relevant pieces of legislation to home-based childcare are:
1). The Children’s Act (2004), “Every Child Matters” paper, which identifies five outcomes for children:
Be healthy. e.g.: healthy fresh foods, fresh air, exercise, regular nappy changes
Stay safe; e.g.: health and safety to be adhered regarding food preparation, storing of medicines/cleaning equipment, regular risk assessments, following equipment & toy manufacturers guidelines, sanitary environment, appropriate skincare & protection when outside
Enjoy and achieve; e.g.: lean through play with songs, puppets, puzzles and games.
Encourage 'free play' where Unjam can use her own imagination to role play and engage with the other children
Make a positive contribution; e.g.: encourage Unjam to be aware of the wider community around my setting. Celebrate different cultures, visit charity shops with an old toy, sort out the recycling etc...
The above outcomes form the backbone of my setting experience, and the examples are a few I would maintain, of which the regulatory body OFSTED will inspect.
2). The Equality Act (2010), which collectively covers that there should be no discrimination between:
Individuals who have undergone a sex change
It is important to build a strong partnership between myself and the parents regardless of any of the factors above, and I would like to establish this through:
Forming a relationship prior to joining the setting with settling-in visits for both the child and his/her Parents.
Open communication with the Parents & exchanging information regularly.
Ensuring that each child is welcomed in the setting, this can be achieved by a warm greeting and a child friendly environment.
Recognising individual needs by encouraging links with home e.g., favourite blanket at nap time, ensuring faith or heritage is reflected in the activities, and that toys and equipment in the setting are age appropriate
Creating links between home and the setting, e.g. a daily diary between parents and myself, scrap books for the children to share, photos.
3). The Childcare Act (2006), which implemented the:
EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage)
Children’s centres and extended schools
4). Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations “RIDDOR” (1995), a law stating that specific accidents & incidents must be reported
I will ask Parents to view and sign my policies and procedure documents covering accidents, illness and emergencies and explain the relevant forms with which I record illness and accidents.
Part Two: How would you go about outlining the regulatory body