Statutory Provision for child care and education. Working with professionals and child centred learning.

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Unit 1: E1 (E2)

Statutory section

In my area there is a primary school, Aiskew Leeming bar Primary, and this school is a statutory school.

Statutory is free education, funded by the government. Parliament elects a Secretary of state for education. The aim is to educate all children to their full potential.

School hours are between the hours of 8:45am to 3:30pm, but different schools are varied. All children follow EYFS and the National Curriculum. In school they have Key Stages which are split up by ages.

School provide lunch, recourses and school transport. In June 2005 the government launched the extended school. Access to opportunities and resources for all, this is to provide high quality wraparound child care provided by the school available from 8am to 6pm. This includes varied activities, homework clubs, access to ICT and sports.

‘These are services that by law have to be provided for children and families.’

Tassoni.P, Child Care and Education Level 3, 2007, page 331,

Having full day hours can support families by having some where safe for children to go so parents can go to work and know their children are safe and doing something productive. Having after school clubs is good for children to get extra curriculum.  

Private section

In the area I live there is a Private nursery, Bedale Day Nursery.

Private Provisions are run to make a profit. The Profits can be put back into the business or shred between the shareholders, or the individuals who own and control the business.

Private Nurseries are open 5 days a week and only close for Bank holidays. The hour’s open of the nurseries is from 7am to 6pm. In the nurseries they follow the EYFS. All staff are qualified. The nurseries are also inspected from Ofsted.

In private day nurseries they care for children from the ages of new born to 4 years before they go into primary schools. At the nurseries they also provide before and after school care and care for during the holidays.

Having care provided for in the holidays help families as not all parents or carers can get time of work in holidays so they need some where for their children to go and be cared for.

Voluntary section

Voluntary is provided by unpaid volunteers. They are self funded organisations for children to learn life skills. ‘Any surplus income is used to further their activities.’

Tassoni.P, Child Care and Education Level 3, 2007, page 332

All volunteers must have a CRB clearance. They are not governed by Ofsted.

A voluntary service I know off is Play rangers. Play rangers go to all different villages and set up activities, example – den building, go-karts making, and water fights, making lanterns, nature days and more. They do one activity for each day and they are in each place for 5 or 6 days (all week days and some Saturdays). This is for 5 to 12 year olds; any child under 5 years must have a parent with them.

Voluntary services support families as they give a wide range of activities. And the play ranger service is for families to get together and learn different activities to do with each other.


United Nations Convention on the rights of children 1989

‘UNICEF’s mission is to advocate for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is guided in doing this by the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.’

Children and Young Persons Act 1933

‘If any person who has attained the age of sixteen years and has the custody, charge, or care of any child or young person under that age wilfully assaults, ill-treats, neglects, abandons, or exposes him, or causes or procures him to be assaulted, that person shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and shall be liable.’

This act protects every child and young person under the age of sixteen. Once a person becomes the age of sixteen they will be breaking the law if they cause any harm to a child or young person.

Safe Guarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

‘The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act, which came into force in November 2006, brings with it significant changes in the way that the background and suitability of people who work with children or vulnerable adults are checked. The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 brings into being, over a number of years, a "Barred" list of persons who are assessed as not suitable for working with venerable adults and children.’

This act is in place to protect children and adults.

E4: Describe the recognised principles and values that underpin working with children.

Principle and values is something all care workers should use during their work.

This is the CACHE statement of values.

‘CACHE statement of the values. CACHE has developed a set of values that underpin their courses. These values are promoted within this book. The CACHE statement of values are:

You must ensure that you:

   1. Put children first by

   * Ensuring the child’s welfare and safety

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   * Showing compassion and sensitivity

   * Respecting the child as an individual

   * Upholding the child’s rights and dignity

   * Enabling the child to achieve their full learning potential.

   2. Never use physical punishment.

   3. Respect the parents as the primary carer and educator for their child.

   4. Respect the contribution and expertise of staff in the care and education field, and other professionals who may be involved.

   5. Respect the customs, values and spiritual beliefs of the child and their family.

   6. Uphold the Councils Equal Opportunity Policy.


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