Current Childminding Legislation Essay

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1.1 Current Childminding Legislation The following is an overview of the current legislation which has an affect on childminders, parents and children. Equality Act 2010 The act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies. The act covers nine protected characteristics. The characteristics applying to home-based childcare include disability, race, religion or belief and gender. Childcare Act (2006) The act lays out registration and inspection arrangements, providing for an integrated education and care framework for the Early Years and general childcare registers. It introduced the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England. The Early Years Register…show more content…
Children Act (1989) This Act was introduced in an effort to reform and clarify the existing laws affecting children and the current child protection system is based on it. Children’s rights were acknowledged for the first time in UK law. Amongst other things, the act legislates to protect children who may be suffering or are likely to suffer significant harm. Public Health (Control of Disease) Act (1984) This act states the need for notification and possible exclusion periods for certain infectious diseases. Exclusions for children include exclusion from schools, places of entertainment or assembly. Education Act (1981) This Act became law in 1983 and tried to provide adequate safeguards, rights and duties for all those concerned with the education of children with special educational needs and to ensure these children’s rights to be integrated into the life and work of the community. It also recognised parents’ rights regarding their children’s education. ROLE OF REGULATORY BODIES Regulatory bodies in the UK are Ofsted (England) Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) Standards (Wales) Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Local Health and Social Services Trust (Northern Ireland) The fundamental role of these regulatory bodies
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