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Equality and Diversity


The national legislative framework of the 2010 Equality Act (of which the 1975 & 1986 Sex Discrimination Acts, the 1976 Race Relations Amendment Act 2000, the 1995 Disability Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Act 2000 are major elements,) provides important rationale and guidance for the equality and diversity policy.

Aims

We aim to work towards a fairer society and equal opportunities for all. We provide an inclusive care and practice for children and staff. Under no circumstances will a child or family be discriminated against, these include disability, race, gender, ability, religious beliefs or social or emotional circumstance. Children are valued and respected to equality and diversity and equal access to services. Our staff have access to translation services and interpreters where necessary.

Approaches

Parents as Partners
Parents are welcomed into the Centre and effective communication can take place between them and a member of staff, we feel that this communication is important in order to meet individual needs. Parent/carers views and opinions are valued and are taken into account.

Staff

Staff value linguistic diversity and provide opportunities for children to develop and use their home language in their play and learning. This is part of respecting children’s individual cultural backgrounds.
Staff are aware of procedures for dealing with harassment. They know that any language or behaviour which is racist, sexist, homophobic or potentially damaging to any minority group is always unacceptable. They will be challenged promptly in a fairly and positive way. The response will aim to be sensitive to the feelings of the victim(s) and to help those responsible to understand and overcome their prejudices constructively.