CYPOP 5 Task 1 Information sheet for Parents outlining the following A)Current legislation for home based childcare B)The Role of regulatory bodies I would like to let you know as Parents with some very important information regarding up to date home based childcare legislation and the registered bodies to ensure your children get the best care possible whilst in my care, I have done so in a simple question and answer format, please do ask me if you have further questions. Q WHAT CURRENT LEGISLATION IS RELEVEVANT TO HOME BASED CHILDCARE? A
I will commit to and continue to keep you updated in the current laws, rules and regulations, there are others which are useful and I am happy to discuss further if you need any more information, but here are the ones I think most relevant at the moment are… The Children Act of 2004 This came about from the green paper every child matters; it identifies five key outcomes for children 1)Be Healthy 2)Stay safe 3)Enjoy and achieve 4)Make a positive contribution 5)Achieve economic well being Childcare Act 2006 This introduced the early years foundation stage curriculum into England and Wales Race relations Act 1976 (amended 2000)
Promotion of equal opportunities in all settings is essential, and relevant policies and procedures should be developed, monitored and assessed Education Act 1981,1998, 1993, 1997 These set out the recognition of parents rights and special educational needs, national curriculum, the right to child assessment, and children’s needs and much more. Public Health Act 1984 + RIDDOR 1995 Both these acts refer to the control of infectious diseases and certain accidents and injuries must also be reported by law Food safety regulations 1995 Basic hygiene requirements although not currently law is good practice to have a certificate in the area.
Family Law Act 1996 This Act sets out guidance relating the safeguarding of children Data Protection act This will prevent confidential and personal information being passed on without a person’s consent or agreement, in the case of a child consent is from the parent Code of practice for first aid 1997 This gives guidance of trained first aiders and first aid provision (required for home based child care) COSHH regulations 2002 The management and storage of hazardous substances (cleaning fluids etc) UN The rights of the Child (UNCRC) 1989
Although this is not legislation it underpins many recent acts of legislation Implementation of the following acts are really crucial to home based childcare 2 Children have the right to be protected from all forms of discrimination 3 The best interests of the child must be the primary consideration in all activities and actions concerning children 7 the child shall have full opportunity for play and recreation, which should be directed to the same purposed as education, society and the public authorities shall endeavour to promote the enjoyment of this right 12 a child has the right to express his or her views freely and that view is to be given appropriate weight in accordance to age and maturity 13 guarantees a child’s right to freedom of expression and exchange of information regardless of frontiers 16 children have the right of privacy 28 a child has a right to education with a view to achieving this right progressively on the basis of equal opportunities Q WHO WILL CHECK THE LEVEL OF CHILDCARE YOU PROVIDE? A I as a home-based child carer must be registered with Osfted before I can care for children in my home. Ofsted are an umbrella body that create and publish requirements/standards/procedures that childminders/education roviders for the under 8’s have to meet in order to be able to provide care for children. It is in fact a finable offence to work as a home based child carer and not be registered You can find out more about the work of Ofsted at this website www. ofsted. gov. uk I have been required to under go an enhanced disclosure CRB check (Criminal Records bureau) this ensures I have no prior convictions and I am suitable to work with children. As an additional check I am a member of the NCMA (national childminding association) and have received full training in home-based childcare bibliography ‘ Sheila Riddall-Leech’ Home based childcare ( for childminders and nannies)