Current Legislation Covering Home Based Childcare

1.1 Outline Current legislation covering home based childcare and the regulatory bodies

Information sheet to parents
I would like to let you know as a parent that there are various legislations and regulatory bodies which I am required by law to work by and register with.   These are in place to provide childminders a framework to work by to ensure key requirements of care are implemented and that each and every child receives the best possible safe, supportive and professional care.

The Children’s Act 2004 – 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 and the General Childcare Register provide a regulatory framework for childcare under the act.
The Children’s Act 2006 – Identified as the most influential law for home-based childcare, it outlines that the general function of the Act is for the Children’s Commissioner to be concerned in particular with the views and interests of children so far as relating to the following aspects of their well-being:
•   physical and mental health and emotional well-being;
•   protection from harm and neglect;
•   education, training and recreation;
•   the contribution made by them to society;
•   social and economic well-being.
These five outcomes for children are recognised as the overarching aim of the Early Years Foundation Stage, namely the Every Child Matters outcomes of staying safe, being healthy, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution, and achieving economic well-being.
The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001 – The act protects persons from discrimination on the grounds of a disability, and it requires that reasonable adjustments must be made to services, provisions and/or premises so that disabled persons do not suffer significant disadvantages compared to...