Equal Opportunities Policy

We believe that the nursery should be open to all children and families, and to all adults committed to their education and care. We aim to ensure that all who wish to work or volunteer in our nursery have an equal chance to do so.

The nursery will appoint the best person for each job and treat all applicants fairly.

Commitment to implementing the group’s Equal Opportunities Policy forms part of the job description for all workers.

The nursery recognises that many different types of family group can and do successfully love and care for children. The nursery aims to offer support to all families.

All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities and the use of play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination. Management of resources within the nursery will ensure that both girls and boys have full access to all kinds of activities and equipment and are equally encouraged to enjoy and learn from them.

Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others.

Resources will be chosen 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 by using images and words that reflect positively the contribution of all members of society.

The nursery recognises that children have a wide range of needs which differ from time to time, and will consider what part it can play in meeting these needs as they arise.

Planning for nursery meetings and events will take into account the needs of people requiring additional support.

Any discriminatory language, behaviour or remarks by children, parents or any other adults are unacceptable in the nursery.

Our response will aim to demonstrate support for the victim(s), to help those responsible to understand and overcome their prejudices and to make it clear that such behaviour /remarks will not be tolerated.

Basic information, written and spoken, will be clearly communicated in as many languages as are necessary and possible.

Bilingual/multilingual children and adults are an asset to the whole group. Parents will be encouraged to speak to children in their first language at home.

Children and parents who have English as a second or additional language will be valued and their languages recognised and respected in the nursery.

Working in partnership with parents, children’s medical, cultural and dietary needs will be met.

Families joining the nursery are made aware of its equal opportunities policy, which is regularly reviewed. The nursery offers a flexible payment system for families with differing means.

If a person has a complaint about any aspect of the nursery provision please refer to our Complaints Procedure Policy.

This policy was adopted on March 1997

Updated/reviewed August 2018

Manager J Nolan- Davies