Equal Opportunities Policy

In line with the EYFS 2014 with requirement 3.67, I have arrangements in place to support children with SEN or disabilities. This is in response to the SEND Code of Practice.

I give all children in my care the opportunity to reach their full potential. This means adapting an activity to the child’s ability and stage of development; providing additional resources or giving one child more attention and support than others during a particular activity or routine.

All children in my care are given the opportunity to play with all the toys (subject to health and safety with children under 3 years of age). No toys are just for girls or just for boys. I try to ensure my toys reflect positive images of children and people from different cultures and with different abilities. I have toys and resources that challenge stereotypical ideas on what careers are open to men and women.

No child in my care will be discriminated against in anyway, whether for their skin colour, culture, gender, ability or religion. I will challenge any remarks that I feel are inappropriate.

I encourage the children in my care to learn more about their own culture and to find out about the culture and religions of other children. We do this in a fun way through sharing books, colouring sheets, cooking and eating food from around the world and celebrating special festivals. I will provide resources such as woks and chopsticks, dressing up clothes and multicultural skin tone crayons and pencils.

I encourage the children to develop a healthy respect of each other’s differences and to value everyone as an individual.

I encourage Parents to share with us any festivals, special occasions or artefacts, which may enhance the children’s learning and understanding.

Special Educational Needs

I am aware that some children may have special needs and to be proactive in ensuring that appropriate action is taken when a child is identified as having special needs or starts in my care. I must promote the welfare and development of the child in partnership with parents and other relevant agencies.

If I think a child in my care has a special need, I will:

Keep observational notes.
Share these with the child’s parents.
Discuss what support is available.
Keep all matters confidential.

If I am caring for a child with special needs, I will include them by:

Valuing and acknowledging children’s individuality and help them to feel good about themselves.
Seek information from parents about the child’s routines, likes and dislikes.
Adapting activities to enable children with special needs to take part.
Arrange access to specialist equipment if needed.
Consider any risk factors.
Encourage children’s confidence and independence.
Where necessary, I will undertake training and seek advice from other professionals in order to provide quality care.

I will work in partnership with parents and discuss:
Agencies that are also involved in the child’s support and care.
Equipment that the child may need.
Advice or support that will help me to provide the best care possible for their child.
I will consider how I can ensure the privacy of a child with special needs whilst continuing to supervise other children in my care.

The Equality Act 2010

I will not discriminate against a child or parent with a disability, and where possible will accept a child with a disability into my care.  I will make reasonable adjustments to my setting in order to facilitate the child’s needs.

Under the Equality Act I have a duty:

Not to treat a disabled child ‘less favourably’
To make ‘reasonable adjustment’ for a disabled child
The Disability Rights Commission Telephone number is 08457 622 633.

Policy Created – 14.1.18
Reviewed Date – 31.12.18