1.Understand how to set up a home based childcare service
1.1. Outline the current legislation covering home based childcare, and the role of regulatory bodies.
The current legislation in UK which has an affect on childminders, parents and children:
Health and Safety Act 1979 (!)
Equality Act 2010
Is an Act of Parliament of United Kingdom .The act replaced previous anti-discrimination laws with a single act to make the law simpler and to remove inconsistencies. The characteristics applying to home-based childcare include disability (the Disability Discrimination Act 1995), race (Race Relations Act 1976), Childcare Act (2006)
and three major statutory instruments protecting discrimination in employment on grounds of religion or belief, sexual orientation and age
Childcare Act (2006)
is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Act defines new duties for Local Authorities with respect to: improving the Every Child Matters outcomes for pre-school children; childcare for working parents; parental information services. Measures in the act formalise the important strategic role local authorities play, through a set of duties. These duties require authorities to:
• work with their NHS and Jobcentre Plus partners to improve the outcomes of all children up to five years of age and reduce inequalities between them
• secure sufficient childcare for working parents
• provide a parental information service
• provide information, advice and training for childcare providers.
The act also lays out registration and inspection arrangements, providing for an integrated education and care framework for the Early Years and general childcare registers. The Early Years Register (EYR) and the General Childcare Register (GCR) provide a regulatory framework for childcare under the act. Ofsted regulates the two registers – the EYR for people caring for children aged from birth to 31 August after their fifth birthday and the GCR for childcare...