Cypop 5 - Assessment Task 1

The Children Act (1989 & 2004)
This is a piece of legislation that explains that the needs of the child are paramount, and when launched, the legislation acknowledged for the first time in the UK that children had rights. It works in conjunction with parents to protect children and provide them with equal rights.

This act was revised in 2004 with the introduction of the ‘Every Child Matters’ document which outlined 5 key areas that were important to allow children to learn and develop.   The Government's aim was for every child, whatever their backgrounds to have the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and finally achieve economic well-being. It is the responsibility of any practitioner to adhere to this framework and work towards achieving these outcomes with any children in their care.

The Children Act is a key piece of legislation for home based child carers as it is our duty to work with children to help them achieve the Every Child Matters outcomes. We must provide a safe, welcoming and child friendly environment where children can enjoy a range of thought provoking, challenging and fun activities which will enhance their learning, skills and knowledge base. An environment in which they are always treated equally, regardless of age, sex, ethnicity or religion; where children feel valued, comfortable and are willing and happy to join in, making positive contributions. In result, aiding their learning journey which will help towards each child reaching their full potential in the future.

In my setting, I will make my home as inclusive, fun and exciting as possible. I want children to enjoy a range of activities that cover the criteria of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS.) I will plan activities that will encourage learning through play both indoors and outdoors, considering all learning styles. E.g. counting to 10 can be practised when going up or down stairs, adding ingredients when...