Equality and diversity

EYFS 1.2, 1.3, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4,

Statement

Our preschool is committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all whether they are an adult or a child. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin, or political belief has no place within our preschool. This policy also relates to Safeguarding, Prevent and Whistleblowing policies.
We aim to:

  • provide a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and in which all contributions are valued;
  • include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
  • provide positive non-stereotyping information about different ethnic groups and people with disabilities;
  • improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of equality and diversity; and make inclusion a thread which runs through all of the activities of the preschool.
  • make inclusion a thread which runs through the entirety of the preschool, for example, by encouraging positive role models through the use of toys, imaginary play and activities, promoting non-stereotypical images and language and challenging all discriminatory behaviour.
  • provide a childcare place, when ever possible, for children who may have learning difficulties and/or disabilities or are deemed disadvantaged according to their individual circumstances, and the preschools ability to provide the necessary standard of care.
  • Make reasonable adjustments for children with SEND and disabilities.
  • recruit, select, train and promote individuals on the basis of occupational skills requirements. In this respect, the preschool will ensure that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, sex, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity/paternity.

The legal framework for this policy is based on:

  • Special Education Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Childcare Act 2006 Amended 2018
  • Children Act 2004
  • Care Standards Act 2002
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.

Procedures

Admissions

Our preschool is open to all members of the community.

  • We advertise our service widely.
  • We reflect the diversity of members of our society in our publicity and promotional materials.
  • We provide information in clear, concise language, whether in spoken or written form.
  • We provide information in as many languages as possible.
  • We base our admissions policy on a fair system.
  • We do not discriminate against a child with a disability or refuse a child entry to our pre-school because of any disability.
  • We ensure that all parents are made aware of our equal opportunities policy.
  • We develop an action plan to ensure that people with disabilities can participate successfully in the services offered by the preschool and in the curriculum offered.
  • We do not discriminate against a child or their family, or prevent entry to our setting on the basis of colour, ethnicity, religion or social background.
  • We take action against any discriminatory behaviour by staff or parents.

Employment

  • Posts are advertised and all applicants are judged against explicit and fair criteria.
  • At interview, no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in the statement of intent. All candidates will be asked the same questions and members of the selection group will not introduce nor use any personal knowledge of candidates acquired outside the selection process.
  • Candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on the reasons why they were not successful.
  • The applicant who best meets the criteria is offered the post, subject to references and checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service. This ensures fairness in the selection process.
  • All job descriptions include a commitment to equality and diversity as part of their specifications.
  • We monitor our application process to ensure that it is fair and accessible.
  • Applicants are welcome from all backgrounds and posts are open to all.
  • We may use exemption clauses in relevant legislation to enable the service to best meet the needs of the community.

The national College for Teaching and Leadership provides further guidance specific to working with children:

  • Providers have a responsibility to ensure that practitioners have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. The activities that a practitioner must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards England) Regulations 2003. Providers are responsible for ensuring that only practitioners who have the capacity to teach remain on the staff team.
  • People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach. Further information on training to teach with a disability is available from the DfE website.
  • Successful applicants offered a position may be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme. Providers should not ask all-encompassing health questions, but should ensure that they only ask targeted and relevant health-related questions, which are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach.

Staff

It is the policy of The Beacon Church Preschool not to discriminate in the treatment of individuals. All staff are expected to co-operate with the implementation, monitoring and improvement of this and other policies. All staff are expected to challenge language, actions, behaviours and attitudes which are oppressive or discriminatory on the grounds specified in this policy and recognise and celebrate other cultures and traditions. All staff are expected to participate in equality and inclusion training.
Staff will follow the ‘Dealing with Discriminatory Behaviour’ policy where applicable to report any discriminatory behaviours observed.

Training

  • The preschool recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective inclusion and equality policy. All new staff receive induction training including specific reference to the inclusion and equality policy.
  • We seek out training opportunities for staff and volunteers to enable them to develop practices which enable all children to flourish.
  • We ensure that staff are confident and fully trained in administering relevant medicines and performing invasive care procedures when they are required.
  • We review our practices to ensure that we are fully implementing our policy for equality and diversity.

Curriculum

The curriculum offered in the preschool encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from themselves. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking. Our environment is accessible as possible for all visitors and service users, we would make all reasonable adjustments to accommodate needs identified.
We do this by:

  • making children feel valued and good about themselves;
  • ensuring that children have equality of access to learning;
  • reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources;
  • avoiding stereotypes or derogatory images in the selection of materials;
  • children will be encouraged to experience a range of celebrations, as a church preschool this will include Christian stories and songs as part of the diversity of life, (if you wish to withdraw your child from any of the religious celebrations please inform us).
  • Make provision within the curriculum to ensure each child gets the widest possible opportunity to develop their skills and abilities e.g. recognising the different learning styles of girls and boys.
  • creating an environment of mutual respect and tolerance;
  • helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable;
  • ensuring that the curriculum offered is inclusive of children with special educational needs and children with disabilities; and
  • ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum are supported in their learning, and the maintenance and development of their home language.
  • Make adjustments to the environment and resources to accommodate a wide range of learning including those with physical or sensory impairments.

Valuing Diversity in Families

  • We welcome the diversity of family life and work with all families.
  • We encourage children to contribute stories of their everyday life into the preschool.
  • We encourage parents/carers to take part in the life of the preschool and to contribute fully.
  • For families who have a first language other than English, we value the contribution their culture and language offer.
  • We offer a flexible payment system for families of differing means.

Food

  • We work in partnership with parents to ensure that the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met.
  • We help children to learn about a range of food, cultural approaches to mealtimes and eating and to respect the differences among them.

Meetings

  • We invite parents to an annual meeting to share ideas and make contributions to the organisation and running of the preschool.
  • Information about meetings is communicated in a variety of ways – written, verbal and in when possible in translation – to ensure that all parents have information about access to the meetings.

Monitoring and reviewing

  • To ensure our policies and procedures remain effective we will monitor and review them annually to ensure our strategies meets the overall aims to promote equality, inclusion and promote diversity.
  • We provide a complaints procedure and complaints summary record for parents/carers to see.

Complaints

Should any member of staff or any parent wish to make a complaint about unfair treatment or unlawful acts of discrimination they are free to do so, and will always be taken seriously.
If you have a complaint, please approach Anne Ridgway in the first instance who is responsible for Equality and Diversity.
In addition the following policies are in place: Admissions policy, Special educational needs/disability policy

This policy was reviewed August 2020

Signed on behalf of the Preschool Anne Ridgway and Heather Gardner