Childcare. Different Settings for Childcare and Keeping Information Confidential.
Name: Nina Krysa Candidate number: 10/679415 Date: 8/11/10 Unit number: 1
D1 Describe the purpose of one setting that is statutory provision for each age range.
There are many settings which provide care for children. One statutory setting which provides care for children from the age of 3 to 5 would be a nursery for example Our lady of Peace Nursery. ‘’They exist because there is a law that states that all children should be educated’’ (Tassoni 2007 pg3) and will have to follow the government or local authority to have them open. The purpose of this setting is to give children registered care facilities which offer full time and part time care for the children and provides pre-school education experiences such as constructive activities, etc... As well as an opportunity to socialize with their classmates by having the 15 hours a week of education which is delivered by the early year’s foundation for 36 weeks a year.
Another example of a statutory setting for children aged between 5 & 7 is a primary school such as Claycots primary school. The children are either in Year 1 or year2 and require knowledge, understanding and skills for subjects that must be studied and they would be art and design, English, Math, geography, music, physical education (P.E) and science. By children studying these subjects the teachers can use to check the child's progress and help them in their future learning which could be than tested and reported to the child’s parents.
D2 Describe the purpose of one setting that is a different type of provision for each age range.
There are many settings which provide care for children. One setting that is not statutory for children under 5 years old would be a voluntary organization such as a parent and toddler group run by the local church such as all Saints Toddler Group. Users of the organization would pay a small fee to attend as it is not designed to make a profit but help the users. They are usually set up within the community for few hours once or twice a week. The aim of this setting is for parents, other family members and anyone else who may care for the child to meet other adults and talk. It is also a time where the children going with them can socialize with other children, their age by many different activities.
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The other setting would be dance classes for children between 5 and 7 years, for example Great Early Childhood Dance classes. It would normally cost for the child to join and parents or guardians of the child tend to pay for the child joining. It is run after school or during the child’s free time. They aim to give children dance lessons which will teach those dances e.g.: Ballet, Jazz, free-style and many more by a qualified teacher. Those lessons should encourage the child to develop the self-confidents through the music and movement and give the children, the dance teacher’s time to achieve their accomplishments.
D4 Describe how to keep information about children and families confidential
Personal information needs to be kept safe at all times when in a child care setting because it is a legal requirement. According to http://www.oldham.gov.uk/Confidentiality_and_Recording_Information.pdf, ‘’there are no differences between the rights of children and the rights of adults in respect of confidential and sensitive information about their private life and family, their home.’’ All this information is used for registers, invoices and any emergency contacts. It is therefore important to keep any information or discussions about the child or family between the stuff members at the setting and this means that they all should follow the confidentiality rules set. A way to keep the confidentiality would be by having the files locked away in a safe place and have a password for any confidential work kept on the computer data base. Another way to keep confidentiality would be to check the identity and why the person wants any information they are asking for. As well as not discussing any of the information in the setting, make sure not to talk about it outside the working environment too. The last and most important thing is not to leave any information about a child lying around. When all these confidentiality things are taken to account, it shows a good working environment because it is building the trust with each working member of the child care setting and also shows the parents a good working relationship. In the Oratory Day Nursery which is the placement that I am at, all the stuff know and understand the policies of confidentiality which they follow; ‘’Confidentiality and agreements are respected as appropriate unless a child’s protection and well being are at stake’’ and ‘’all these confidential and personal records are kept accurate, secure and only accessible to those who have legitimate need to do so. They cannot be released to a third party without consent.’’ (The Oratory day Nursery Student Handbook pg10)
D5 Example how to prepare to work in a placement with children
In order to prepare to work in placement with children, I would call up the placement and ask for a pre-visit so I know what to expect when I turn up on my first day. Then I would think about not being late for my interview or my first day and to make sure I will not turn up late, I would do a trial run to see how long it takes me to get there and exactly where it is. During the pre-visit I would make sure I know what to wear and the time I need to arrive, understand the risks and hazards at the placement and make sure that I am aware of the rules and polices of the setting. Remember to check which jobs you may not be allowed to do legally because you are under the age of 18. Then on my first day I will be showing the positive attitude because I will be looking smart and the people in my working environment would have seen me engaging by preparing beforehand.
D6 Give two different ways in which you can show that you understand the importance of valuing each child as an individual
It is important to value every child as an individual and one way to show that you understand this would be to make sure that each child gets the help required for them for example if a child needs more help, he/she will get the attention required and is not left behind.
Another way to understand the value of each child as an individual could be listening to the children’s opinions and views. By doing this, it will make them feel important and valued when they are taking part in a task or activity by letting them achieve their full potential. We can not treat each child the same otherwise we would not be applying to the polices of equal opportunities.
C1 Give two examples of when you should refer information about children and families to professionals in the setting.
Sometimes it is important to share information with other professionals in a childcare setting. An example where this information may need to be shared to a professional is if there were signs of any abuse by the child. Another example could be a medical condition, allergic to some certain food or medication. All these should then be reported to room leader, manager or the child protection liaisons officer and stuff. It would be a good idea to be in a room with no other people when discussing this information. This means that all the workers will be informed and can deal with the problems before they become more serious.
B1 Explain why first impressions you make in the setting are important.
The first impressions in my work placement are a very serious thing that I need to consider. This is because it will build relationships with my work placement setting. It is also important because they are judging me as a person and my behaviour right from the first day and then this will make a major impact on my future success. Another thing is being dressed appropriately; you have to be looking presentable and dressed neatly. Also being on time is important because this shows that I am a reliable person and keen about the work I apply for.
B2 Explain suitable ways in which you can show positive attitudes when working in a child care setting.
A positive attitude is having enthusiasm and you can show this positive attitude when working in a child care setting in many ways. The first two ways you can show the positive attitude would be by being at the setting on time and wearing the appropriate clothing. The second way is to smile because it shows that you have the positive attitude. The third way to show positive attitude would be by genuinely engaging with the children. This gives the stuff an idea that you are trying to participate in the team environment. Another way is to carry out any task given such as tidying up after an activity. You could show this positive attitude by volunteering for jobs or stay behind at time to help the stuff members out. Also using good manners and having good body and facial expressions when talking to stuff, visitors and the children. The last way could be by treating all the children in the setting as individuals that they are and making sure their individual needs are meet.
A Example the importance of keeping information about children and families confidential.
Keeping information about children and their families is confidential. This is because it builds trust and relationships with the workers and parents of the child. It makes the setting a safe environment from anyone trying to access any information and keeps the information private that only the allocated stuff members can access. My work placements the Oratory Day Nursery, all stuff know the importance of keeping information about children and families very confidential. This is because all stuff follow the polices of the setting by respecting information about a child given by parents and therefore do not discuss any of it unless given promotion or it is vital for others to know. At the nursery ‘’all stuff are not allowed to disclose the name of other children with regards to illness, conditions, accidents and medicines to ensue that confidentiality of children and other parents’’(The Oratory day Nursery Student Handbook pg10)
A* Reflect on the importance of recognising your own learning style and using this knowledge effectively in your studies.
Recognizing my own style is a way which helps me benefit in my studies. I have discovered that my proffered learning style is Visual. This will help me to study successfully because I would go home and re-write my notes into a shorter form with colours or use spider diagrams and then any of this information would be easily to use and asses because I would know where I keep my learning resources and better uses in my study. (Tassoni 2007 pg 22) ‘’While you might recognize you prefer to take information using one learning style above, you might also discover that you use all three depending on the learning situation.’’ I can then do this in practice at work placement as I would be applying it to everyday activities which I carry out with the children. An activity which can be done to show this is making cards with many different colours. It is showing my visual side because I am
doing similar stuff which I do in my studies.
- Hyacinth Malik (1998) A practical guide to equal opportunities Stanley Thornes
- Penny Tassoni (2007) Child care and education 3rd edition
- The Oratory day Nursery Student Handbook 11th January 2011
- (http://www.oldham.gov.uk/Confidentiality_and_Recording_Information.pdf) 12th November 2010
- http://www.livingmadeeasy.org.uk/scenario.php?csid=169#4 11th November 2010
- http://www.sssc.uk.com/sssc/social-service-careers/what-is-social-work.html 11 th November 2010
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