Supporting children - promoting inclusion and legislation.

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Natalie Jones

Wirral Metropolitan College


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Unit 3-Supporting children

Section 1


  • Childcare act 2006
  • Equality act 2006
  • Human rights act 2000
  • Safeguarding venerable groups act 2006
  • Disability discrimination act 2000


Childcare act 2006

The childcare act 2006 came into affect in September 2008 and has significant implications for settings in England. This act includes the welfare standards with which all settings which work with children less than 8 years must comply with, and it also provides a learning framework for children age 0-5years, which is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The requirements affect much of the day-to-day practice within settings. For example the adult to child ratio in rooms or the qualification levels of staff.

Equality act 2006

This act is quite new and comes into force from autumn 2007. It will enforce equality legalisation on age, disability, health, gender, race, religion, belief and sexual orientation. The equality and human rights will replace the following commissions: Disability rights commission, Equal opportunities commission and the commission for racial equality. The equality act 2006 influences working practices in many ways. For example all children to be treated fairly and equally no matter what race, age, gender or background the child is from they all should be treated the sameHuman rights act 2000

This act was not specifically designed to protect children but children have the same rights as adults. The Human rights act means that parents of children are also protected. All children no matter what age have the rights to dignity, respect and fairness in the way they are treated. This act covers a lot of areas, for example even if a child’s parent/guardian consents for the child to have corporal punishment from the setting is not allowed because this is seen as degrading and a violation of the child’s rights.

Safeguarding venerable groups act 2006

This act came into force in autumn 2008. This act was designed to make sure that all adults working with children and other vulnerable groups are vetted which means having a Criminal Record Bureau check, this is not just in childcare organisations but also in other organisations like junior football clubs. This act is also designed to cover adults who work with vulnerable adults such as those who may have learning difficulties of maybe even a nursing home.

Disability discrimination act 2000

The Disability Discrimination act means that it would be illegal for a setting to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate those with a disability, both children and the parents. This act doesn’t just mean physical disability it also includes mental impairment which would have a long term effect on a person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities. This means that many children and adults are covered by it, for example children with asthma, learning difficulties, problems with mobility and diabetes


A practitioners role within the children’s centre is make all the children and parents feel welcome and make them feel involved with their child’s school life. They should all feel respected and treated fairly, and communicate with the families. Also to keep the families involved and up to date on what their children are doing they should fill out dairies weekly so the practitioners and parents are communicating and if they have any issues on the child they could arrange a meeting. Treated equal, confidentiality, Rights, meeting needs, The Legislation and polices within my setting relate to the Curriculum strategies of the children as The Early Years Foundation (EYFS) and SEN Code of Practice explain that activities and sessions need to planned out in accordance with the children’s learning, and each individual needs. The activities should be set up for those who need help, and help at what level the child is at, so can adapt and learn in their own comfortable way. Settings also make it clear that inclusion will take place in which children’s interests are really being taken into account within planning.

E3: The policies and procedures within the children’s setting help to keep children safe by many ways such as health and safety, safe guarding, fire procedures, bullying and behaviour, working with parents, medicine forms, allergies, respect religions, confidentiality, comforting children when needed, sign in and out, no smoking, no cameras or mobile phones, security lights, signing in visitors, no favouritism. All children and young people have the right to be safe from harm, and need safe environments to grow with confidence. Everyone is responsible for helping to keep children safe. Safeguarding children and young people means protecting children and young people from any potential source of harm.

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The setting should do everything they possibly can to safeguard children like I have suggested the following:

  • A policy, procedures and a code of conduct for staff, volunteers and committee members
  • sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents and carers plus staff and volunteers
  • sharing information about concerns with agencies who need to know and involving parents and children appropriately
  • adopting and following procedures for recruiting and selecting staff and volunteers
  • Providing support, supervision, guidance and training for staff and volunteers providing safe activities for children and young people.

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