A commitment to equality is an essential
part of our work because we believe that everyone has a right to have their
individual needs and experiences respected and valued. This, in turn, creates an environment where diversity
is positively reflected throughout our practice and encourages the children to
acknowledge and celebrate the differences of our nursery community and the
world in which we live.
The nursery declares a firm belief in a
policy and practice of Equal Opportunities.
It has regard to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the
Child 1989 and the Human Rights Act 1998. We are committed to combating all forms of
prejudice and eliminating all forms of unfair discrimination. It is our intention that no potential or
actual nursery user, whether child, adult or member of staff, will receive less
favourable treatment on the grounds of national or ethnic origin, colour,
religion, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age or marital status.
We believe that all children, irrespective
of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning
difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability should have the opportunity to
experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development.
In the nursery we will promote
multi-cultural and special needs education through toys and equipment and adult’s
active awareness of opportunities, to support and extend children’s experiences
as they participate in their own culture and learn about the cultures of
Concepts common to all cultures will be
valued and encouraged, such as music, language, games, food and clothing and we
acknowledge a variety of cultural festivals.
Our curriculum approach portrays that there are many ways of seeing and
living in the world and our materials reflect diversity e.g. cooking, dressing
up clothes, images found in books, jigsaws and visual aids all portray people
positively in a wide variety of roles and cultures and disabilities. All children notice differences. This is developmentally appropriate and, by
itself, not a problem. Our aim is to
help children develop positive attitudes to differences and see them as normal,
familiar, acceptable and useful. Both
sexes will be encouraged to play in all areas of the nursery including the
outdoor play area and to share the space provided.
We aim to help the children develop social
competence (the ability to accept the view of others, express feelings
appropriately, resolve conflicts with others, care for one’s own needs and show
concern for others, working co-operatively to meet a common goal). We hope that this will create an awareness of
the different needs of others and encourage the children to live harmoniously
as caring members of society.
The nursery has produced a useful guide for
parents and carers on dealing with prejudice.
Please ask the nursery manager if you would like a copy.
Further information about how we aim to
provide an environment and practice which reflects equality and diversity can
be found in the following policies:
Our Equality and Diversity Co-ordinator is Gemma Jackson.
This policy was reviewed in May 2017.