LEGISLATION

Legislation

Throughout our courses we refer to current legislation, sadly within the time frames of the courses themselves there is not enough time to go into in-depth detail, this page is designed to help you further understand the different legislation.

Early Years

Children Act 1989

The Children Act 1989 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Children Act 1989

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Helpfully there is a quick overview leaflet focused on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child you can access it via the following link:

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child – Leaflet

Education Act 2002

The Education Act 2002 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Education Act 2002

Children Act 2004

The Children Act 2004 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Children Act 2004

Children and Young Persons Act 2008

The Children and Young Persons Act 2008 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Children and Young Persons Act 2008

Early Years Outcomes 2013

Early Years Outcomes are available by clicking on the following link:

Early Years Outcomes

Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Children and Families Act 2014

Early Years Foundation Stage 2017

The Early Years Foundation Stage 2017, was published on the 3rd of March 2017 to come into effect on the 3rd of April 2017.

The 2017 version includes several changes, to the 2014 edition of the Framework.

One major change requires all new staff entering Early Years MUST have an up-to-date Emergency First Aid at Work qualification as a minimum in order to be included in staff ratios, The Government believes that this will add an additional 15,000 trained First Aiders to the sector.

We believe that this change can only be good for the children being cared for in Early Years sectors.

Other changes in the EYFS 2017 document:

New level 3 qualification requirements, replacing the GCSE only rule,
References made to the Prevent Strategy,
Training for staff on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM),
Mention is given to the 2011 Physical activity guidelines.

The 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage is available by clicking on the following link:

Early Years Foundation Stage

This is the current framework to be followed by all Early Years settings in England.

The original framework pack in 2008, came complete with 2 booklets, which have been almagamated into the current guidance, a CD Rom, poster and Practice into Principles cards.

As the cards are still useful in terms of planning and supporting the EYFS and children’s development we have provided a link to these cards and poster, but please remember that they no longer form an active part of the EYFS framework, and some of the information does not match current guidance.

Early Years Foundation Stage – Principles into Practice Cards
Early Years Foundation Stage – Poster

Early Years Foundation Stage 2014 - Supporting Guidance

PLEASE NOTE:
With the introduction of the 2017 Early Years Foundation Stage, information contained within these non-statutory documents may no longer meet the requirements of the 2017 EYFS, We have provided them as a guide only.

The Early Years Foundation Stage Progress Check at Age Two

The Early Years Foundation Stage Progress Check at Age Two was produced by National Children’s Bureau and supports Early Years staff to implement the statutory progress check at age 2 as required in the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 and 2014.
The 2 year check was introduced to help early identification of developmental needs in order to provide any additional support as soon as possible.
The EYFS does not prescribe any method or format to be used. The EYFS only specifies that the check should cover the 3 prime areas:

    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development,
    • Physical Development,
    • Communication and Language.

The guidance aims to stimulate ideas for practitioners to approach the 2 year check.

What To Expect, When

It is widely acknowledged the important role that parents play in their own children’s development.
This is identified within the EYFS with the inclusion of the Positive Relationships;
Children learn to be strong and
independent from a base of
loving and secure relationships with
parents and/or a key person.

Parents need to know what to expect and when roughly to expect it in their child’s development age band.

This 4Children guide takes parents through their child’s age band in the EYFS and how they can support their children through their development.

Fire Safety

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

First Aid

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Health and Safety Executive Guidance L74 on The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by using the link below:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Guidance L74

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981

Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

Food Safety

Food Safety Act 1990

The Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Food Safety Act 1990

EC Regulation No: 852/2004

EC Regulation no: 852/2004 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

EC Regulation no: 852/2004

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006

Feed and Food Controls Regulations 2006

Feed and Food Controls Regulations 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Feed and Food Controls Regulations 2006

The Food Information Regulations 2014

The Food Information Regulations 2014 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Food Information Regulations 2014

Health & Safety

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Health and Safety Executive Guidance L74 on The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by using the link below:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Guidance L74

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Safety Representatives and Safety Committees Regulations 1977

The European 6 Pack of regulations - January 1992

The European 6 Pack of Regulations were introduced in January 1992.

Below we have provided links to the relevant Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) website page and also to a copy of the updated guidance.

Managing for Health and Safety

The HSE’s website page:

Managing for Health and Safety

The actual document:

Managing for Health and Safety (Updated 2013)

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Guidance on Regulations

The HSE’s website page:

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Guidance on Regulations

The actual document:

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 – Guidance on Regulations (Updated Sept. 2016)

Personal protective equipment at work

The HSE’s website page:

HSE’s website page on Personal protective equipment at work

The actual document:

Personal protective equipment at work (Updated 2015)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

The HSE’s website page:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

The actual document:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. Approved Code of Practice and guidance (Updated Nov. 2014)

Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

The HSE’s website page:

Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice and guidance

The actual document:

Workplace health, safety and welfare. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992. Approved Code of Practice and guidance document (Updated 2013)

Work with display screen equipment: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

The HSE’s website page:

Work with display screen equipment: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002

The actual document:

Work with display screen equipment: Health and Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations 1992 as amended by the Health and Safety (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2002 (Updated 2003)

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

The Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations 1992

Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

The Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety (Consultation with Employees) Regulations 1996

Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH)

The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 2002 (COSHH)

The Working at Height Regulations 2005

The Working at Height Regulations 2005 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Working at Height Regulations 2005

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013

Mental Health

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety At Work Act 1974 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Mental Health Act 1983

The Mental Health Act 1983 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Mental Health Act 1983

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Human Rights Act 1998

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Equality Act 2010

The Equality Act 2010 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Equality Act 2010

The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Care Act 2014

Moving & Handling

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

Health and Safety Executive Guidance L74 on The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 can be accessed by using the link below:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Guidance L74

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

The Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Manual Handling Operations Regulations 1992

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

The Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER)

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Safeguarding

National Health Service Act 1977

The National Health Service Act 1977 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

National Health Service Act 1977

Employment Rights Act 1996

The Employment Rights Act 1996 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Employment Rights Act 1996

Crime and Disorder Act 1998

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Crime and Disorder Act 1998

Data Protection Act 1998

The Data Protection Act 1998 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Data Protection Act 1998

Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act 1998 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Human Rights Act 1998

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

The Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

The Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Care Standards Act 2000

The Care Standards Act 2000 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Care Standards Act 2000

Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000

Freedom of Information Act 2000

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Local Government Act 2000

The Local Government Act 2000 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Local Government Act 2000

Adoption and Children Act 2002

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Adoption and Children Act 2002

Police Reform Act 2002

The Police Reform Act 2002 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Police Reform Act 2002

Criminal Justice Act 2003

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Criminal Justice Act 2003

Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Mental Capacity Act 2005

Children and Adoption Act 2006

The Children and Adoption Act 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

The Children and Adoption Act 2006

Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006

The Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Local Safeguarding Children Boards Regulations 2006

National Health Service Act 2006

The National Health Service Act 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

National Health Service Act 2006

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

The Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

The Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009

The Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009

Employment and Tribunals Regulations 2010

The Employment and Tribunals Regulations 2010 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Employment and Tribunals Regulations 2010

Prevent Strategy 2011

The Prevent Strategy can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Prevent Strategy

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013

Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Care Act 2014

Protected Disclosures Order 2015

The Protected Disclosures Order 2015 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Protected Disclosures Order 2015

What To Do if You're Worried a Child is being Abused 2015

What To Do if You’re Worried a Child is being Abused 2015 can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

What To Do if You’re Worried a Child is being Abused

Child Sexual Exploitation 2017

In February 2017, the Government published a new Core Guidance Document, which updates the statutory definition of Child Sexual Exploitation.

“Child sexual exploitation is a form of child sexual abuse.

It occurs where an individual or group takes advantage of an imbalance of power to coerce, manipulate or deceive a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity:

(a) in exchange for something the victim needs or wants, and/or
(b) for the financial advantage or increased status of the perpetrator or facilitator.

The victim may have been sexually exploited even if the sexual activity appears consensual. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact; it can also occur through the use of technology.”

The Child Sexual Exploitation Core Guidance document is available to view by clicking on the following link:

Child Sexual Exploitation

Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018

Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Guide to Inter-Agency Working to Safeguard and Promote the welfare of Children has gone through many changes over recent years, via the link below you are able to view the most update version of this important document.

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Information Sharing

Information Sharing – A Guide for Practitioners Providing Safeguarding Services to Children, Young People Parents and Carers has been introduced to assist practitioners in the knowledge of when they are safe and allowed to share vital information with other agencies in order to safeguard children, via the link below you are able to view this important document.

Information Sharing

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