Note: This is a Legacy Copy of this Publication. Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers (2nd edition)

Graham, I. & Lafferty, L. (2008). Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers. 2nd edition.
This handbook is an update on the 2005 publication Legislation Handbook for Childcare Providers. It is intended to act as a guide to the many areas of legislation that impact upon childcare providers in the various sectors in Ireland, such as day care, school-age childcare, sessional pre-school services and childminders. Whether a provider is working in a very small setting or in a large establishment, legislation plays an important role in shaping activities and the way in which the setting is run. The primary purpose of legislation is to ensure safe, ethical practices whether in connection with protecting children, with work practices or with financial matters. For childcare providers, it is crucial that knowledge of relevant legislation is up-to date and comprehensive. This will ensure that the service operates effectively and in accordance with the law, thereby providing a safe and productive setting that can focus on offering quality services. It can seem a daunting task to wade through the many relevant Acts, and even identifying which Acts apply to each service can be a challenge, so this handbook will serve as a useful reference to point people in the appropriate direction. The handbook is divided into sections with a quick reference guide at the start of each listing the key areas of legislation. Each section then gives the main items of legislation along with a short description of the purpose, an indication of who the legislation applies to and a listing of useful contacts or sources of further information. Services need to be compliant and they should endeavour to adopt a proactive approach to all areas. By regularly reviewing policies and procedures and by providing staff training where necessary, providers can ensure that their service is actively engaged in practice that seeks to set and maintain the highest standards for both its service users and staff.