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Equal opportunities and anti-discrimination practices at Daycare Nurseries

Equal Opportunities and Anti Discrimination Practices at Daycare Nurseries Daycare Nurseries aim to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for children up to and including school age.

We believe that the activities we provide should be open to all children and their families and to adults committed to their welfare.

All children and their families are made welcome at our setting with posters and pictures displayed in various languages; a welcoming program is also in place, for example, time to get to know new parents, child's preferences for feeding, sleeping etc.

We aim to ensure that all that wish to work with us have an equal chance to do so. We appoint the best person for each position and treat fairly all applicants and those appointed. Commitment to implementing our Equal Opportunities Policy will form part of the induction procedure for all new staff.

Staff will be invited to attend staff meetings as part of their development, staff will also receive staff support every twelve weeks and staff appraisals every twelve months.

Nursery places and government funded places are available to any family who would like them as long as we have vacancies in the appropriate age group. Advance bookings are taken. Our Equal Opportunities Policy is made available to all our families.

Within the nurseries children are able to participate in a wide variety of play experiences which will enable them to develop the skills needed for them to become more independent, with a positive self image and an understanding of their fellow man, regardless of colour, creed, disability, religion or gender.

We use a variety of means such as the internet and library to keep up to date with legislation.

We also work closely with outside agencies to support children and parents who are disabled or have special educational needs. We recognise that many different types of families successfully love and care for children. Our nurseries take great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual of a similar age, whether they be adult or child. Discrimination under sex, race, religion, colour, creed, marital status, ethnicity, national origin or political belief has no place at Daycare, where discrimination occurs the action taken would, depending upon the level, be dealt with by either offering further training or in serious cases implementing the disciplinary procedure.

Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of the children and their families who attend our nursery, and in society as a whole, and to welcome the diversity of backgrounds from which they come.

We have a rolling programme for staff training in this area to ensure that we are all kept in touch with the latest developments, and our designated person as ENCO is Dionne Dyas.

Where appropriate we will discuss with our parents and put into practice the SEN code of practice. Our special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) are Gail Harper and Kelly Frankum.

Should any person believe that this policy is not being totally complied with it is their duty to bring the matter to the attention of the Nursery Manager at the earliest opportunity.

This is a working document and everyone, including staff, parents and children are welcome to suggest changes or additions to this policy.

We offer a flexible payment system by either using a direct debit payment, cash or voucher scheme.

Arrangements for reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices are out lined in our special needs policy.