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Equal Opportunities Policy

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All any of us deserve in society, is to be treated fairly, with equal respect and concern to the next person, whatever our racial origin, religion, class or ability.  I will always actively promote equality of opportunity in my setting.  The best way for children to learn is by example.  The children in my setting will always see me celebrating achievements regardless of the age or ability of the child.  We will spend time learning about the difference between all of us within the setting; taking time to look at what makes us all different and celebrating the differences, and at the same time we look at the similarities, so that each child understands that we are all unique, but are equally valued.

Over the years, I have found the local library a wonderful source of books to introduce issues in an age appropriate manner.  Books allow children to gain empathy and understanding, and give a wonderful starting point to look at other people’s customs, religions and cultures.  From there we can go out into the community around us to visit different places of worship or take part in community projects such as the Poppy Appeal.

If I have a child with English as their second language, I take time to make sure that both the child and their family are equally included and involved in the setting.  By including rhymes in the child’s first language into our daily routine, marking commonly placed items around the setting in their own language and adding their family photos into our setting’s album, I aim to promote positive images so that all children feel included, safe and valued.

I recognise and welcome all legislation and existing codes of practice produced by appropriate commissions, for example the Equality and Human Rights Commission.  I am aware of all legislation and existing codes of practice produced by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and under the Equalities Act 2010.

I value and respect the different racial origins, religions, cultures and languages in a multi-ethnic society so that each child is valued as an individual without racial or gender stereotyping.  I do not discriminate against children on the grounds of disability, sexual orientation, age, class, family statue, and HIV/Aids status.

I provide equal chances for each child to learn and develop to their full potential, taking into account each child’s age and stage of development, gender, ethnicity, home language, and ability.

I work closely with parents and other agencies where appropriate to ensure individual children’s needs are met.

I aim to make, reasonable adjustments for disabled children, listening to parents and acting on their advice on additional aids and help their child will need to be equally, included, valued and supported.  I am committed to work with parents and other agencies for the better out-come of the child. 

I regularly review my risk assessments to ensure accessibility and reasonable adjustments are made.

I provide, and make sure that all children have access to, a range of books, puzzles and other toys which provide positive images and examples of the diversity of life in our society.

I challenge racist and discriminatory remarks, attitudes and behaviour from the children in my care and other adults.

I always help children to feel good about themselves and others by celebrating the differences which make us all unique.

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