The nursery 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 be: an adult or child.  Discrimination on the grounds of sex, race, religion, ethnicity, creed, marital status, cultural or national origin, or political belief, has no place within this nursery. 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. Any inappropriate attitudes and practices will be challenged through positive action and discussion and where appropriate intervention from staff members, the Equality of Opportunity Coordinator and management.

Equality of Opportunity Coordinator – Katarina Turbe

The nursery and staff are committed to:

1          Encouraging positive role models, displayed through toys, imaginary play and activities that promote non-stereotyped images. Books will be selected to promote such images of men and women, boys and girls.

2          Encouraging children to join in activities, i.e. dressing up, shop, home corner, dolls, climbing on large apparatus, bikes, etc.

3          Making strict and thorough arrangements for reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices that promote and value diversity and difference

4          Encourage children to value and respect others through celebrating festivals from different cultures, celebrating each other’s achievements, welcoming each other and respecting other languages.

The nursery aims to ensure that individuals are recruited, selected, trained and promoted on the basis of occupational skill requirements. In this respect, the nursery will ensure that no job applicant or employee will receive less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, gender, marital status, race, religion, ethnicity, cultural or national origin or sexuality, which cannot be justified as being necessary for the safe and effective performance of their work or training.

Service Provision

No child will be discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, religion, ethnicity or creed.  Wherever possible those designated disabled or disadvantaged will be considered for a place, taking into account their individual circumstances and the ability of the nursery to provide the necessary standard of care. They will be included, valued and supported, and any reasonable adjustments will be made for them as necessary.

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.

We will strive to promote equal access to services and projects by taking practical steps such as ensuring access to people with disabilities and producing material in relevant languages and media.

Recruitment

The nursery will strive by recruitment to ensure that the staff mix reflects the community it serves. All vacancies will be advertised as widely as budgets allow. Adverts will include the following recruitment equality statement:

“Bear Necessities – striving towards equal opportunity”

Every effort will be made to ensure a representative balance on the selection panel and all members of the group will be committed to equal opportunities practice as set out in this policy.

Application forms will not include questions which can potentially discriminate against any grounds as previously specified in the Statement of Intent.

At interview no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate against the grounds specified in the Statement of Intent. At interview all candidates will be asked the same questions relevant to the position applied for and job specification. All members of the selection group will not introduce nor use any personal knowledge of candidates acquired outside the selection process.

Unsuccessful candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss the reasons why they were not successful in their application.

Staff

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 any grounds as specified in the Statement of Intent.

All staff are expected to participate in equal opportunities training.

Training

The nursery recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective equal opportunity policy.

The nursery will strive towards the provision of equal opportunity training for all staff.

The nursery will strive to ensure that all staff have equal opportunities for ongoing professional development and, with regards to this, will not be discriminated on any grounds as previously specified in the Statement of Intent.

For further information please ask at the nursery