All children in our care will be treated with equal respect and concern. We will give all children in our care equal opportunities to reach their full potential regardless of race, religion, age, gender or disability. We make sure that we actively include all children and their families.
- We will aim to provide equal opportunities for all in our care, regardless of their gender, race, culture, social background, religion, language or any disabilities by supporting their individual needs such as diet and religious or cultural festivals (for which we will ask details of at the time of commencing the childminding relationship).
- For children whose home language is not English, we will take reasonable steps to provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in play and learning. Additionally, we will ensure children have sufficient opportunities to learn and reach a good standard in English language. When assessing communication, language and literacy skills, we will assess children’s skills in English. If the child does not have a strong grasp of English we will try to explore the child’s skills in the home language with parents.
- We will promote positive images/examples to develop equal opportunities and examples of the diversity of life in our society through: play, books and toys; food and meals; marking festivals and special occasions; being a good example; encouraging children to respect others.
- We will work closely with parents and other agencies where appropriate to promote this equal opportunity policy ensure individual children’s needs are met.
- We will review, monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of inclusive practices through activity planning and post activity reflection.
- We understand that it is appropriate to challenge inappropriate attitudes and practices relating to equal opportunities. We will do this by providing a positive example and explaining in appropriate terms, why a person’s behaviour may have been inappropriate.
- We will ensure that our business documentation, policies and documents are accessible to all.
- We will promote self-esteem and appreciation of others by celebrating the differences which make us all unique.
- We encourage parents to share with us festivals, special occasions and objects which may support the children’s learning and understanding of their cultures.
- We are aware of all legislation and existing codes of practice produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and under the Equalities Act 2010.