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Promoting a healthy environment for children. Legislation aimed at promoting emotional and physical health.

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Unit 6 Assignment- Promoting a healthy environment for children E2/B1 The Children Act 2004 (Every Child Matters) As a practitioner we need to listen& obey to what the law tells us. The programme 'Every Child Matters', which has been put into law since 2004 in the 'Children Act 2004', has outlined some goals which I, as practitioners should take into consideration especially in the first years of a child's life. These goals are: Five outcomes What the outcomes mean 1. Being healthy Physically/Mentally/Emotionally and Sexually healthy Live healthy lifestyle where healthy choices are promoted i.e. healthy food (5 a day), balanced diet and good exercise 2. Staying safe Safe from maltreatment, neglect, violence and sexual abuse Safe from accidents, injury and death Safe from discrimination and bullying Safe from crime and anti social behaviour Being cared for appropriately by parent or carer 3. Enjoying& achieving Be ready for school Make sure children achieve social development Make sure children attend and enjoy school Parents, Carers and teachers support learning 4. Making a positive contribution Ensure children do right and don't get onto anti social behaviour/ crimes/bullying Develop positive relationships with people around you Develop self confidence and learn to adapt to changes in life Take decisions and support the community 5. Achieve economic well being Ensuring children achieve their full potential Leave school and be ready for employment and get a good job Get access to transport and other important goods Ensure families and carers are supported to be economically active The Act requires each setting to: * Promote multi- agency approach so that children can achieve their full potential * Ensure that children have their say so that they feel valued * Safeguard children * Have regular inspections i.e. OFSTED * Work closely with parents * Improve health If each setting obeys to all these points listed above it will not only have a good impact on the child, but also on the family, yourself and others around you. ...read more.

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This routine is attached at the back of the portfolio as an appendix and I have highlighted the approximate timings when babies in my setting have their milk in their bottle. I also attached relevant references to current research on how to prepare formula feeding, how to bottle feed babies, how to sterilise the bottle and why etc... E1) Linked to A The practitioners' role in working towards a healthy lifestyle and environment for children: 1. Promote hygiene 2. Promote safety 3. Promote healthy diet, provide with water and food 4. Promote exercise and stimulation 5. Promote rest and sleep 1. It is very important for us practitioners to promote hygiene to children. Few hygiene basics include things such as: * washing hands before handling or eating food * washing hands after going to the toilet or touching animals or eating * having a daily shower or bath * keeping homes clean, especially kitchens, toilets and bathrooms, by sweeping and mopping floors removing dust and dirt from inside the house. * washing cutlery properly after each use, and keeping them in clean drawers and cupboards * washing clothes (sheets, pillow cases, towels) properly and regularly * keeping animals out of the house and keep them clean too etc The basic needs of children which we need to meet and promote are: * changing their nappies * helping them in the toilet * help them in hand washing * keep their noses clean * feed them * washing them and caring for their skin * care for their hair and teeth 2. As practitioners the following legislation applies to us and it affects practise in the setting we work in, some of the pieces of legislation which are linked to the Health and safety of the children in the setting are: * Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 * Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) ...read more.

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C1) Reasons for planning and implementing (carrying out) activities in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle for children could are: * So that children have a structure in their play (have a routine) * If activities are not planned, they may turn out to be haphazard ( not well- planned, not going to turn out good enough) * Planning means that one has to risk assess, if one risk assesses an activity it helps keep children safe from harm and danger, therefore it keeps children in a healthy lifestyle. Ask yourself when carrying out a risk assessment: 1. What are the hazards? 2. Who might be affected by them& how? 3. How to prevent the hazard? 4. What to do if emergency arises and who to report to? * Practitioners also need to take into consideration their ratio (the amount of staff they have) when they are with the children, as this is very important, so that children are in a safe and healthy environment which is our responsibility as practitioners. So before planning an activity we need to consider staff ratio too. * Planning is also very important when thinking to meet a Special Need child's needs. One can plan different strategies for the child, think of new ways to meet the child special needs and have resources ready for to suit the child's needs etc. Children of different ages have different needs. These needs are based on each child's stage of growth and development (age and stage). An example could be that two children of the same age can be similar in some ways but different in other ways. Every child has unique characteristics and should be recognised as different. If we do this children will feel valued and appreciated and will achieve better (full potential). Appropriate activities help children learn and are fun for them too. ?? ?? ?? ?? QURATULAIN AHMAD (ANNY) PIN NUMBER: 07/478845 CENTRE NUMBER: 394 MERTON COLLEGE ...read more.

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This is a good but very long essay. It covers a whole multitude of areas and, at times, it is confusing whether it is one piece of work that is related or several, separate pieces joined together. It has good evidence of research but it is not always referenced. I think that it could be enhanced by looking at some traditional child development research to back up the ideas. It would also help if the writer could include examples to clarify points that are made.

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