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8. Equal Opportunities – Policy

The Nursery works in accordance with all relevant legislation, including the Equality Act 2010, the Children Act 1989 & 2004, and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act  2001.

We believe that the Nursery’s activities should be open to all children and families, and to all adults who are committed to their welfare. We aim to ensure that no child is excluded or disadvantaged because of ethnicity, religion, culture, family background, disability, gender, English as an additional language (EAL), special educational need or ability.

8.1 Aim

We aim to ensure that all children feel secure, included and valued and that all who wish to work in our Nursery have an equal chance to do so.

Admissions

The Nursery is open to all children and families in the community. The Nursery recognises that many different types of family successfully love and care for children.

Reflecting the local desire to minimise car movements, priority is given to children of families living locally in Rotherwick.

Families joining the Nursery are made aware of its equal opportunities policy. A member of staff will talk to the child and parents about the child’s ethnic, religious and cultural heritage and experiences at home. Staff will use this information when planning and carrying out activities within the nursery to ensure that familiar experiences are used as starting points for learning.

Employment

The Nursery will appoint the best person for each job and will treat fairly all applicants for jobs and all those appointed.

The Curriculum

All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination. Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others. These will include:

  • Activities relating to a wide range of religious, ethnic and cultural festivals.
  • Telling stories, listening to music and looking at pictures and DVDs/CDs from a range of cultures and religions.
  • Role play activities that reflect a variety of cultures.
  • Discussions with and between the children and about the similarities and differences in their experiences and the reasons for those similarities and differences.
  • Attendance by visitors with specialist knowledge/experience to share with the children.

Festivals

Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of the children and families in the Nursery and in our society as a whole, and to welcome the diversity of backgrounds from which they come.

Resources

When planning, setting up and altering the room, outdoor area, displays and equipment within the nursery, the staff will aim to create an environment that encourages a positive attitude to learning.

This will include:

  • Keeping the nursery environment free from any discriminatory practice or stereotypical images.
  • Valuing the local community and environment as a source of learning opportunities.
  • Using displays, resources and equipment that reflect the community in which the children live as well as the wider world.
  • Choosing to give children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of our multi-racial society. Materials will be selected to help children to develop their self-respect and to respect other people by avoiding stereotypes and derogatory pictures or messages about any group of people.

Special Needs

The Nursery recognises the wide range of special needs of children and families in the community, and will consider what part it can play in meeting those needs. Planning for Nursery events will take into account the needs of people with disabilities.

Discriminatory behaviour/remarks

Discriminatory behaviour/remarks are unacceptable in the Nursery. The response will aim to be sensitive to the feelings of the victim(s) and to help those responsible to understand and overcome their prejudices.

Language

We believe that bilingual/multilingual children and adults are an asset. They will be valued and their languages recognised and respected in the Nursery.

Food

We aim to ensure that medical, cultural and dietary needs are met.

Nursery events

The time and conduct of events will ensure that all families have an equal opportunity to be present and to be involved with activities at the Nursery

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