As a nursery we aim to have a positive policy that rejects all prejudice.
Individualisation is essential to meet each child’s:
race, culture, learning, language impairment, family background, religious beliefs, gender, age, care and development requirements.
- To provide access to all, we have a ramp and/or steps into the building and flexible indoor space as well as wheelchair access to the garden areas.
- Photographs of activities are displayed in appropriate areas of the nursery to illustrate the type of activities that take place.
- We are prepared to provide alternative activities, where possible, should parents/carers not wish their child to be part of particular activities or celebrations. However, this needs to be balanced with our beliefs, as a nursery, regarding good practice, children’s development and our belief in British Values.
- Every child is given the opportunity to be ‘heard’ and their needs and interests listened to. Practitioners are required to deliver personalised learning, development and care to help children get the best possible start in life.
- We support families through the Family Support Process where appropriate. We will instigate this process if a family needs the support of a number of services or support the process if it is put in place by another organisation.
- We also initiate Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP) where appropriate.
- ‘Looked after children’ have their own personal education plan which is updated in liaison with their social worker (P.E.P), see Looked after children policy.
- We use resources which reflect diversity such as books, dolls, role play.
- We aim to enable children to share experiences with each other and staff and their families.
- We will consider staff accessing training to understand and meet the needs of individuals where appropriate.
- Staff training is regularly updated to ensure they maintain awareness of equal opportunities issues.
- Parents have signed in their information sheet if they are happy for photographs of their children to be placed into other children’s journey books.
- Communication is sensitive to parents/carers and children’s individual personalities and takes into account any difficulties or special needs they may have. (see special needs policy)
- When children attend another setting a ‘shared setting book’ will be set up to ensure good communication to meet the child’s needs.
- We discuss each family’s needs during introductory visits and take account of their wishes, negotiating how we might meet them, where possible.
- We are sensitive to the particular customs and beliefs of each family regarding a range of issues such as dietary requirements, sleeping/rest patterns, dress codes, hair, skin and hygiene care.
We are happy to facilitate communication with people whose first language is not English by contacting INTRAN to find interpreters:
Norfolk County Council
WEBSITES AVAILABLE – These websites provide information for, people with different languages, people with disabilities, information for staff e.g up to date information.
- Equal Opportunities Commission – www.eoc.org.uk
- North Norfolk Early childhood and family service – www.norfolk.gov.uk
THIS POLICY COMBINES WITH OUR COMPLAINTS AND BEHAVIOUR AND SPECIAL NEEDS POLICY