Lily’s Day Nursery helps families and children feel welcoming when families are thinking about sending their children to the nursery as their website says that they “will do all that is practicable to meet your demands”, this helps families feel that their needs will be met and considered. Another example of a policy that helps promote fair strategies is a ‘valuing diversity and promoting equality’ policy, this policy includes ensuring that service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children those who arise from their ethnic heritage, social and economic background, gender, and abilities. A nursery that argues that they promote diversity and equality within their setting is the Woodlands Nursery. On the Woodlands Nursery website they state that they “provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions
[pic] A GUIDE TO SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS Sense is highly committed to working practice that safeguards and protects vulnerable children from harm within the Service. We aim to provide all children within Sense with the utmost of opportunities to develop their full potential and meet their Person Centred needs. We want to ensure that children are protected and kept safe from harm when they are with our staff, Volunteers, family and friends. Sense is committed to working towards children achieving the five outcomes identified in ‘Every Child Matters, these are’: • Being safe • Being healthy • Enjoy and achieve • Make a positive contribution • Achieve economic wellbeing Sense’s ethos in the welfare of children and safeguarding from harm is paramount in any situation. The use of the term child or children refers to people under the Chronological age of 18 years.
This act protects children up to the age of 18 and stresses that no child should be treated unfairly. It also emphasis the importance that all children should have their best interests put first when there are decisions being made which could affect them. The government also has a policy to take measures to ensure that each individual child’s rights are protected and fulfilled. The education act introduced free childcare provisions of children under the age of five since September 1st 2010 this rose from 12 and a half hours a week to 15 hours a week. The free entitlement provides access to education and care and the hours can be flexible over the week, all childcare provisions must use the EYFS and help young children achieve the five Every Child Matters outcomes 2.2- explain the impact of current policies frameworks and influences on the early years sector.
TDA 3.2 Schools and Organisations Criteria 1.1 Summarise entitlement and provision for early years education. There are different types of childcare options available for 0-5 year olds, these include:Sure Start - Giving every child the best possible start in life is an initiative called Sure Start which is government led. They offer a broad range of services focusing on Family Health, Early Years Care and Education and Improved Well Being Programmes to children aged 4 and under. Sure Start makes contact with parents as soon as possible in the child's life and can offer support to families who have developmental concerns or other worries about their child. They can also give them support in making referrals for other services.
Data Protection Act 1998 | Affects schools by having to follow the following guidelines: Schools must register all personal data they hold and state the purposes for which it is required to be held and all processing undertaken by schools must be fair and lawful, accurate and up-to-date, and the data held must be adequate, relevant, not excessive and be held for no longer than is necessary. | Children’s Act 2004 | Affects schools by having to follow the following guidelines: Schools must follow the every child matters framework which needs to be delivered following the 5 basic outcomes. They have to offer parents extended school via breakfast club and extra-curricular activities and ensure all staff have received sufficient guidance or training on the every child matters framework in order for it to be delivered effectively.
The 2004 Act, laid down a number of legal requirements such as closer working relationships between the agencies e.g. schools, welfare services and health care professionals, and led to the introduction of the Every Child Matters framework the aims of which included to help implement the Act. This framework set out guidelines and stipulated that every child should be given the support to: • Be healthy, • Stay safe, • Enjoy and achieve, • Make a positive contribution • Achieve economic well-being. However, in April 2013 the new Working together to safeguard children guidance was implemented which unified previous guidance papers and legislation to clarify the obligations of professionals towards safeguarding children. It replaced Working together to safeguard children (2010) Framework for the assessment of children in need and their families (2000), and Statutory guidance on arranging to safeguard and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (2007).
Its aim was to improve the quality of care and education for children from birth to the end of their first year in school. It is a statutory curriculum which means that all providers working with babies and children up to the age of 5 years have to follow it. The purpose of making it statutory was to ensure that all children were given the same opportunities for a high-quality education.” (Children & young people’s workforce. Early learning & childcare - Penny Tassomi) There are six areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years setting. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected and are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.
o Revised arrangements for sharing information. • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006 – This document sets a framework that helps children’s agencies work together and alone to promote the welfare of the children. The Children in Northern Ireland organisations vision is to enhance the lives of all children in Northern Ireland by promoting the work of the children’s sector to maximise positive outcomes for children, young people and their families. They aim to be child focused in their work, ensuring that their activities are oriented towards achieving positive outcomes for children. • Every child matters is a green paper that was a result of the laming report (Victoria Climbie).
Additionally, they can be used to evaluate progress within parenting capacities, particularly if key areas were targeted for improvement, thus determining whether the needs of the child will be sufficiently met if they are to return to their own home environment (Ibid 2000b). The Common Assessment Framework (CAF) as proposed by Every Child Matters (2007), is a relatively new standardised approach for assessing the need for services for children and is part of a wider government programme to provide integrated services including the need to improve multi-agency working. The CAF is a common language in assessment and is based upon the five outcomes of Every Child Matters (Brammer 2007). Every Child Matters raises questions of where LAC should be (or get to) in relation to other children. The agenda aims to improve the lives of LAC holistically across the five outcomes linking to the Articles in the UNCRC (Unicef 2006a).
Unit 136 Support Children’s learning and development in the early years 1.1 Understand the impact of early year’s curriculum models on the application of theoretical perspectives of children’s care, learning and development. Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.