Inclusion and Equality

EYFS: 1.6, 1.7, 2.3, 3.20, 3.27,
3.28, 3.67, 3.73
Statement of intent
At Loving Hands International Nursery School we take 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. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and antidiscriminatory practice for all children and families according to their individual needs.
Discrimination on the grounds of gender, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership,
disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national
origin, or political belief has no place within our 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 their Assistant manager or Sandra Henry (Manager) at the earliest
opportunity. Appropriate steps will then be taken to investigate the matter and if such concerns are
well-founded, disciplinary action will be invoked under the nursery’s disciplinary policy.
The legal framework for this policy is based on:
• Special Education Needs and Disabilities Code of Practice 2015
• Children and Families Act 2014
• Equality Act 2010
• Childcare Act 2006
• Children Act 2004
• Care Standards Act 2002
• Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001.
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/paternity which cannot be justified as being necessary for the safe and effective
performance of their work or training
• 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
• Making reasonable adjustments for children with special educational needs and disabilities
• Striving to promote equal access to services and projects by taking practical steps (wherever
possible and reasonable), 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
• Continually improving our knowledge and understanding of issues of equality, inclusion and
diversity
• Regularly reviewing, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of inclusive practices to
ensure they promote and value diversity and difference and that the policy is effective and
practices are non-discriminatory
• Making inclusion a thread, which runs through the entirety of the nursery, for example, 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 (see dealing with discriminatory behaviour policy).
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.
Recruitment
Recruitment, promotion and other selection exercises such as redundancy selection will be
conducted on the basis of merit, against objective criteria that avoid discrimination. Shortlisting
should be done by more than one person if possible.
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.
Application forms will be sent out along with a copy of the equal opportunities monitoring form.
Application forms will not include questions that potentially discriminate on the grounds specified
in the statement of intent.
Vacancies should generally be advertised to a diverse section of the labour market. Advertisements
should avoid stereotyping or using wording that may discourage particular groups from applying.
At interview, no questions will be posed which potentially discriminate on the grounds specified in
the statement of intent. All candidates will be asked the same questions and members of the
selection group will not introduce nor use any personal knowledge of candidates acquired outside
the selection process. Candidates will be given the opportunity to receive feedback on the reasons
why they were not successful.
Although you should no longer ask any health related questions prior to offering someone work in
accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the national College for Teaching and Leadership provides
further guidance specific to working with children:
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.
Staff
It is the policy of Loving Hands International Nursery School not to discriminate in the treatment
of individuals. 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 specified in this
policy and recognise and celebrate other cultures and traditions. All staff are expected to participate
in equality and inclusion training.
Staff will follow the ‘Dealing with Discriminatory Behaviour’ policy where applicable to report any
discriminatory behaviours observed.
Training
The nursery recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an
effective inclusion and equality policy. All new staff receive induction training including specific
reference to the inclusion and equality policy. The nursery will strive towards the provision of
inclusion, equality and diversity training for all staff on an annual basis.
Early learning framework
Early learning opportunities offered in the nursery encourage 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, beliefs and festivals
• Creating an environment of mutual respect and empathy
• Helping children to understand that discriminatory behaviour and remarks are unacceptable
• Ensuring that all 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 early learning
opportunities 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.