Safeguarding and Welfare Requirement: Equal Opportunities
Providers must have and implement a policy, and procedures, to promote equality of opportunity for children in their care, including
support for children with special educational needs or disabilities.
Statement of intent:
We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and
anti-bias/anti-discriminatory practice for all children, their families and staff, volunteers and students. All those involved with the setting understand and embrace this
The legal framework for this policy is:
The Equality Act (2010)
Children Act (1989) & (2004)
Children and Families Act (2014)
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice
- The pre-school is open to all members of the community and our admissions policy is based on a fair system where we
offer places as they arise to the next child who is of the correct age to accept it regardless of when we received their application form.
- We ensure all families have the same rights regardless of gender, size, sexuality, disability, background, situation,
culture, ethnicity, or appearance.
- Posts are advertised and applicants judged against explicit and fair criteria.
- The applicant who best meets the criteria will be offered the post, subject to references and checks by the Criminal
Records Bureau and where necessary Ofsted.
- All job descriptions include a commitment to equality and diversity.
- In circumstances where a family is split we will ensure that all correspondence and information relating to a child is
issued to both parties when requested, and that both parties have access to the child unless a court order is in place preventing us from doing so.
- Where necessary we will work along side parents/carers, and other third parties/agencies to ensure the welfare of the
child is paramount
- We will not make judgements and will ensure that all information is treated as confidential and in a sensitive
- If correspondence is to be sent anywhere other than the child’s home address, stamped addressed envelopes will be
The curriculum offered encourages children to;
- feel valued and good about themselves
- have equality of access to learning
- avoid stereotyping
- celebrate a wide range of festivals
- create an environment of mutual respect and tolerance
- understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable
- it is inclusive of children with special educational needs or disabilities
- stereotype assumptions are never made and children are free to play with and access all equipment
- children whose first language is not English have full access to it and are supported in their
- children are not all treated in the same way, as all children are different however children are all treated as equals
and we always strive to meet each and every child’s individual needs
Valuing diversity in families:
We welcome the diversity of family lifestyles and encourage children to contribute stories of their everyday life to the
setting. For families who speak languages in addition to English, we will develop means to ensure their full inclusion including having signs in their home language, introducing foods traditional to
them at snack time and talking about special days/events to them.
- We work with parents/carers to ensure that the medical, cultural and dietary needs of the children are
- We help the children to learn about a range of food, cultural approaches to mealtimes and eating and to respect the
differences among them.
Policy adopted at meeting – Oct 2007
Reviewed by : Ladybirds Directors