Equality policy

Mission/Vision Statement

We will ensure that our service is fully inclusive in meeting the needs of all children. We recognise that children and their families come from diverse backgrounds. All families have needs and values that arise from their social and economic, ethnic and cultural or religious backgrounds. Children grow up in diverse family structures that include two parent and one parent families; some children have two parents of the same sex. Some children have close links with extended families of grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins; while others may be more removed from close kin, or may live with other relatives or foster carers. Some children have needs that arise from disability or impairment, or may have parents that are affected by disability or impairment. Some children come from families who experience social exclusion or severe hardship; some have to face discrimination and prejudice because of their ethnicity, the languages they speak, their religious or belief background, their gender or their impairment. We understand that these factors affect the well-being of children and can impact on their learning and attainment.

Our setting is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. We aim to:
 provide a secure and accessible environment in which all of our children can flourish and in which all contributions are considered and valued;
 include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity;
 provide positive non-stereotyping information about gender roles, diverse family structures, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and disabled people;
 improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity;
 challenge and eliminate discriminatory actions;
 make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the setting;
 foster good relations between all communities

We are committed to contributing to a fairer society by promoting equality and good relations for children, young people, parents and carers, partner organisations, staff and job applicants. We believe in giving every individual the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We are committed to treating all individuals with respect and dignity.
Research clearly shows that diversity in safe environments produces more creative and effective work products than homogenous groups. We recognise that differences and diversity enrich society and practice, and celebrating diversity is always at the heart of our practice.
All staff are committed to anti-discriminatory practice, and to giving all children the same offer of support, response and protection regardless of:

• Age
• Cultural identity
• Disability / ability / SEND
• Ethnicity
• Financial status
• Gender
• Housing status
• Immigration status
• Social class
• Social status
• Religion / beliefs

Employment

• Chingford House School strives to find the best candidate for every job vacancy.
• All applicants are assessed against the same criteria.
• Each position is offered to the applicant who best meets the criteria for the post.
• As our work with children requires staff to undertake a DBS, we would encourage all applicants called for interview to provide details of their criminal record at an early stage in the application process. Having a criminal record will not necessarily bar you from working with us, this will depend upon the nature of the offence and when it occurred. We will take guidance from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and from Ofsted when making an employment decision. We undertake to discuss any matter revealed in a Disclosure with the person seeking the position before withdrawing a conditional offer of employment.
• We follow the DBS Code of Practice when handling and storing all confidential information.

Please refer to our Safer Recruitment policy for further details of how we recruit our staff.

Staff

• Chingford House School is committed to the fair treatment of its staff, potential staff or users of its services.
• We seek out ongoing training/professional development opportunities for staff to enable them to keep up to date with new developments, current research and appropriate practice.

Admissions

• Our nursery is open to all members of the community.
• We base our admissions policy on a fair system; we never discriminate against a child or their family, or prevent entry to our setting, on the basis of race, religion, home language, family background, gender or disability and/or
learning difficulty.
• We gather full and accurate information about all children before they start to ensure that we can meet their needs to the best of our ability.

Food

• We work in partnership with parents to ensure that dietary requirements of children that arise from their medical, religious or cultural needs are met.
• We help children to learn about a range of food, and of cultural approaches to mealtimes and eating.

Discriminatory remarks or Behaviour

• We take all incidents of discrimination very seriously and aim to challenge overt prejudice and discrimination when it occurs in a way that is sensitive and constructive.
• As a staff team we aim to recognise and examine our own beliefs and prejudices in relation to our own practice.
• We would fully support any child, member of staff or parent who encountered discrimination or harassment in a sensitive and constructive manner.

Implementation

• All children will be admitted according to our admissions policy.
• The ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’ documents are our ‘starting point’ for planning ways to meet the specific needs of the children. Within our setting we ensure that all children’s progress is monitored through observations and this is recorded into the children’s individual profile.
• Where a child significantly exceeds their expected level of attainment, our staff may use material more suitable for him/her to extend opportunities for which that shows aptitude.
• If we feel that a child is not developing or making progress we will discuss this with the parents.
• We recognise that parents may have concerns regarding their child’s progress and their views and concerns will be listened to and acted upon, in strict confidentiality.
• If specialist help, resources or equipment are required to aid the inclusion of a child, a meeting will be arranged prior to the child’s start to discuss the ‘reasonable adjustments’ with parents and relevant professionals on what will be required, and where possible made.
• We welcome other professionals into our setting to work with us and supported children.

Policy reviewed: April 9th 2019