Equal Opportunities Policy

The Learning Environment

Positive visual images of people of both sexes and all ethnic groups/stories that reflect the variety of people, names and families. Dressing up clothes that allow children to explore a range of roles including those of other sex or culture. Displays, celebrations and themed topics that draw on a wide spectrum of our society.

Feeling Good

We accept children and families as individuals and seek to give them the chance to develop their full potential in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Families are acknowledged and welcomed. Things that are important to the children are recognised and if appropriate celebrated in the setting.

A sense of belonging

The setting provides an environment whereby all children feel accepted as individuals and respected by their peers. Children are helped to feel a sense of belonging by having their opinions and cultural beliefs respected and celebrated.

Fair processing note: important to all parents/carers – please read full policy on the parents’ noticeboard in the lobby area.

Accident Book

In respecting children’s rights, we communicate with you all accidents that happen whilst your child is a t the setting. The accident book states the nature of the accident, how it happened and the action taken. You will be asked to sign the book to acknowledge the accident. OFSTED will be informed of any significant events.

Incident Book

In respecting children’s rights, we communicate with you any particular incidents that happen to your child whilst at the setting. Incidents of serious misbehaviour will also be recorded. You will be asked to sign the incident form to acknowledge details of any incident and make any comments you feel necessary.

Medical book

In all cases, when requesting administering of any medication, you must complete a medicine form. You should sign the form and include details of when the medicine should be administered, then sign again when collecting your child to ensure your request has been carried out.

Information form

It is very important that we have up to date details of all children. This form must be completed by everyone and kept on file. The form asks for information such as emergency contact phone numbers. In case of an emergency we will first try to contact all the numbers on the form. If this fails and the emergency is thought to require medical help, the setting call 111 and follow any directions given. If we need to escort a child to hospital they will take their comforter (if they have one) and the staff member with them will take the information form (as this has allergy and vaccination details).

Policy for managing children’s behaviour

Any person must not use corporal punishment including smacking or shaking. The child will be told why their behaviour is unacceptable and asked to stop. If unacceptable behaviour continues, the child will be removed from the situation and asked to sit and think about what they have done wrong (the member of staff dealing with the child will monitor the situation appropriately). Parents will be kept informed of how their child has behaved, especially where controls are needed.

In the event of continuous unacceptable behaviour, we will contact our local Early Years Improvement Officer for support and guidance.

Policy on Partnership with parents

The setting pays high regard to the SEN code of practice (DfES 2001) which indicates the “good practice” in early years care and education means recognising that parents have an essential role to play in supporting their children’s learning.

Parents have unique strengths, knowledge and experience to contribute to the shared view of a child’s needs and the best way to support those needs. Without parents’ input it is very difficult for practitioners to understand children’s needs.

Therefore, we involve parents and share information in a variety of ways, including:

  • A sympathetic admission procedure
  • Various noticeboards on doors
  • Photographs recording everyday events
  • (As part of our child protection policy, parents are asked to inform the setting in writing if they do not want their child photographed)
  • Every child has a ‘learning journey’ book and an online ‘learning book’. This contains everyday images, videos, keyworker comments, special pieces of work and assessments.
  • Newsletter
  • ‘Open house’ ethos – parents are always welcome
  • Parents' evenings
  • Parents' contribution to preparing their child’s learning book, discuss assessments, evaluations and progress
  • Involvement in weekly topics and activities
  • We publish regular photos (no faces included) with activity information on our private Facebook page

Our aim is to help all children experience success and feel positive about their achievements.