Unit 1 - An Introduction to Working With Children

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Unit 1 - An introduction to working with children

D1 + D2                                                                                                 A statutory provision is a provision that is provided by the government because a law has been passed to provide this. A statutory provision for children under the age of 5 years old is a nursery class that is attached to a state school. The purpose of this setting is to care for the children but mostly to introduce them into school life. The setting has the same opening hours as a state school, six hours a day. 9 am – 3 pm.                                 A private provision aims to make a profit. Families will make a payment to attend or use the service/facility. A private provision for children under the age of 5 years old is a day nursery. The purpose of this setting is to provide care for the children while the parents aren’t there. It also gives the opportunity for the children to develop their social skills while socialising with each other. Private provisions like a day nursery usually have longer hours than a statutory provision.                 

A statutory provision provided for children aged between 5 – 7 years is a primary school. The purpose of this setting is to educate the children using The National Curriculum. The setting also helps to develop all the child’s skills and gives the opportunity to socialise with other of their age. A primary school is open for around six hours a day, usually around 9 am – 3 pm.                                        

A voluntary provision is a provision that is run by either a charity or a community and they do not aim to make a profit. A voluntary provision for children aged between 5 – 7 years old is a rainbows club. The purpose of this setting is to give children the opportunity to spend time in a different atmosphere and to encourage the children to try and learn new things. A voluntary provision like a rainbows club is only open a couple of hours, once a week.


An example of a professional who works with children is a children’s Social Worker. A children’s social worker has many different roles within their job. They help to keep families together by providing advice and offering assistance to both the parents and children. They also work in children’s homes and also help manage adoption and foster care processes. A children’s social worker also help children who live in abusive households and ones that are facing difficulties with an illness within the family. They also support and advise children that are having problems at school or are in trouble with the law.                                                              

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“Everything that you learn as a result of being on placement which is personal or not general knowledge is confidential.”                               (P. Tassoni 4th edition pg 16).                                                                               Keeping information about children and their families safe is highly important. Storing of the information is a main priority and should be done properly. If you are storing confidential information on a computer, using a password to protect is the best way to ensure the information will be kept safe. If you are storing information in a filing cabinet, to ensure ...

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This essay discusses a variety of areas but seems to be related to starting a placement. It is difficult to follow in places and sub headings explaining the paragraphs would really help. It is a little basic and could be enhanced by trying to explain a little more. It does cover some valid points though. ***