Inclusion and Equality

Statement of intent
Bramley Grange takes great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual, whether they are an adult or a child. The nursery is committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion/belief, colour, creed, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin, or political belief, has no place within this nursery.

A commitment to implementing our inclusion and equality policy will form part of each employee’s job description. Should anyone believe that this policy is not being upheld, it is their duty to report the matter to the attention of the nursery manager at the earliest opportunity.

The legal framework for this policy is based on:

  • Equality Act 2010
  • Children Act 2004.
  • Care standards Act 2002.
  • Childcare Act 2006.
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.
  • Children and Families Act 2014

The nursery and staff are committed to:

  • Recruiting, selecting, training and promoting individuals on the basis of occupational skills requirements. In this respect, the nursery will ensure that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment because of age, sex, gender reassignment, disability, marriage or civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, pregnancy or maternity which cannot be justified as being necessary for the safe and effective performance of their work or training
  • Making reasonable adjustments for children with special educational needs and disabilities
  • Providing a childcare place, wherever possible, for children who may have learning difficulties and/or disabilities or are deemed disadvantaged according to their individual circumstances, and the nursery’s ability to provide the necessary standard of care.
  • Striving to promote equal access to services and projects by taking practical steps, (wherever possible) such as ensuring access to people with additional needs and by producing materials in relevant languages and media for all children and their families.
  • Providing a secure environment in which all our children can flourish and all contributions are valued.
  • Including and valuing the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality, inclusion and diversity.
  • Providing positive non-stereotypical information about different ethnic groups, lifestyle choices and people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.
  • Continually improving our knowledge and understanding of issues of equality, inclusion and diversity.
  • Regularly reviewing childcare practice to ensure the policy is effective and practices are non-discriminatory.
  • Making inclusion a thread, which runs through the entirety of the nursery, e.g. by encouraging positive role models through the use of toys, imaginary play and activities, promoting non-stereotypical images and language and challenging all discriminatory behaviour
  • Ensuring the laugh out loud club uses empowering practise to care for the children through activity, discussion and opportunities.

Admissions / service provision
The nursery is accessible to all children and families in the local community and further afield through a comprehensive and inclusive admissions policy.

The nursery will strive to ensure that all services and projects are accessible and relevant to all groups and individuals in the community within targeted age groups.

All members of the selection group will be committed to the inclusive practice set out in this policy and will have received appropriate training in this regard. All vacancies will be advertised as widely as budgets allow.

At interview no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate against the grounds specified in the statement of intent. All candidates will be asked to spend the day in the setting prior to appointment. Candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on the reasons why they were not successful.

Providers have a responsibility to ensure that practitioners have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm. The activities that a practitioner must be able to perform are set out in the Education (Health Standards England) Regulations 2003. Providers are responsible for ensuring that only practitioners who have the capacity to teach remain on the staff team.

People with disabilities or chronic illnesses may have the capacity to teach, just as those without disabilities or medical conditions may be unsuitable to teach. Further information on training to teach with a disability is available from the DfE website.

Successful applicants offered a position may be asked to complete a fitness questionnaire prior to commencing the programme. Providers should not ask all-encompassing health questions but should ensure that they only ask targeted and relevant health-related questions, which are necessary to ensure that a person is able to teach.

It is the policy of Bramley Grange not to discriminate, whether directly or indirectly in the treatment of others. All staff are expected to co-operate with the implementation, monitoring and improvement of this and other policies. All staff are expected to challenge language, actions, behaviours and attitudes which are oppressive or discriminatory on the grounds as specified in this policy. All staff are expected to participate in equality and inclusion training.

The nursery recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective inclusion and equality policy. The nursery will strive towards the provision of inclusion, equality and diversity training for all staff on a regular basis.

Early Learning Framework
Early learning opportunities offered in the nursery encourages children to develop positive attitudes to people who are different from them. It encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking.

We do this by:

  • Making children feel valued and good about themselves.
  • Ensuring that all children have equal access to early learning and play opportunities.
  • Reflecting the widest possible range of communities in the choice of resources.
  • Avoiding stereotypical or derogatory images in the selection of materials.
  • Acknowledging and celebrating a wide range of religions and festivals.
  • Creating an environment of mutual respect and empathy.
  • Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable.
  • Ensuring that the early learning opportunities offered are inclusive of children with learning difficulties and/or disabilities and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • Ensuring that children whose first language is not English have full access to the curriculum and are supported in their learning.
  • Working in partnership with all families to ensure they understand the policy and challenge any discriminatory comments made
  • Ensuring the medical, cultural and dietary needs of children are met
  • Identifying a key person to each child who will continuously observe, assess and plan for children’s learning and development
  • Helping children to learn about a range of food and cultural approaches to meal times and to respect the differences among them.

Information and meetings
Information about the nursery, its activities and their children’s development will be given in a variety of ways according to individual needs (written, verbal and translated), to ensure that all parents can access the information they need.

Wherever possible, meetings will be arranged to give all families options to attend and contribute their ideas about the running of the nursery.

If you would like a PDF copy of this policy you can download it here