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Supporting Children - this includes Legislations on working practices with children, Strategies to promote the children, Policies & Procedures of safeguarding the children

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´╗┐UNIT 3 ? SUPPORTING CHILDREN INTRODUCTION In my assignment I will be discussing about Supporting children this includes Legislations on working practices with children, Strategies to promote the children, Policies & Procedures of safeguarding the children , Empowering children to gain Self-confidence, Self esteem & Self reliance, Supporting & preparing them for Transfers & Transition and Causes & Effects of Discrimination. E1, E2, E3 & E4 Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 - These are the regulations that place a duty on employers to make adequate first aid provision for their employees, in case they become ill or injured at work. It is important for the setting to provide appropriate first aid equipment at important places such as ? kitchens, bathrooms and classrooms. The first aid equipment should be checked, restocked every half term and if any were used by the staff to be replaced immediately. There should be at least on staff in the classroom that is a qualified first aider. The setting is required to have a book that is used to record all the incidents, the incidents are recorded on separately on each page for confidentiality with the child?s name, date, nature of accident, type of injury, treatment given and signed by the staff that dealt with it along with any witnesses. The book is then signed by the parent when they come to collect their children. If the incident is serious, the parents need to be contacted immediately by the nursery and necessary further or hospital treatment should be sought and RIDDOR (Reporting of injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) forms to be completed in the event of the serious accidents. The HCT Nursery follows the policy Health and Safety Policy, ?This was designed to promote the safe and effective running of HCT Nursery that includes the well being of all children, staff, parents, students and any visitor to the nursery?. ...read more.


A child may show signs of distress or anxiety that indicates that they require more support during the transition. The child should be spoken to about the transition for a fair amount of time before the changes take place and he/she should have visits to the new school where they have a chance to play and explore their new environment and meet with their new practitioner and then taken round to see the school e.g. toilets. They should be provided with settling days where the parents stay with them for a short session to make them feel comfortable and allowing the child to have a comfort objects e.g. teddy, favourite toy and blanket. The setting could encourage the child and do some activities that the new class would do. The child should be encouraged to be more independent. The new school should encourage the child to make new friends by splitting them in groups to do activities. They should know the fears of the child so as to offer comfort. The child should be allowed to do half day and then later move to longer periods to comfort the child. It is important for the parent to provide all information about the child to the school so that they are aware of the likes/dislikes of the child. The parents should encourage activities at home, they should encourage and support the child?s emotions and comfort the child. The child should be given an opportunity to talk about how they feel. They should be praised when they are doing well. They should be allowed to make mistakes as they learn from mistakes. The child should be given responsibilities e.g. chores. The parents should provide stimulating activities at home that are age appropriate and to promote the child?s language development. It is important for the parent and practitioner to support and encourage the child during the toilet training period, to understand the child development stage and approach the potty training sensitively and gently (not forcing). ...read more.


Disability Discrimination Act 1995 - This act protects discrimination against people with physical and mental disability that affect their day to day life. The EYFS has a theme of A unique child ? in this theme it is important to identify who the disable children are and understand and address their needs. A setting should have disable facilities ? e.g. disable toilets, a ramp for wheel chair access. If there are no disable facilities it is an in direct discrimination that is against the law. Protection of Children Act 1999 involves a system of identifying people that are considered to be unsuitable to work with children and is intended to ensure that when such people have been identified, they are prevented from gaining access to children through their work. Further to my research I found that some practitioners don?t have an understanding of their role, they need to understand that if they go against the law they could lose their jobs and face charges of abuse. Looking at the case of Vanessa George who photographed children in her care as she abused them and shared the images with her accomplice through the use of her mobile phone. She should have known that in the first place it is against the law and the nursery policies to use a mobile phone during working hours. The Data Protection Act 1998 was introduced to protect children and adult?s rights to be protected from breaches of information. If the setting knows any information about the child or the family, it should not be kept for longer than necessary or passed to anyone who is not concerned without permission from them. The information should be processed lawfully, accurately, fairly and secure. ?Data Protection Act (1998) - everyone has the right to view records that are kept about them, whether on computer or hand written. The Act requires everyone who keeps records to register with the Data Protection Commission who ensure that the principles are followed? (www.mulbartonchildrenscentre.co.uk/... ...read more.

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