Equal Opportunities Policy

Statement of intent

Corwen Day Nursery takes great care to treat each individual as a person in their own right, with equal rights and responsibilities to any other individual of a similar age, whether they are adult or child.  Discrimination under age, sex, race, religion, colour, creed, marital status, ethnic or national origin, or political belief, has no place within Corwen Day Nursery and 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 Manager at the earliest opportunity.

The Nursery and staff are committed to:

  1. Encourage positive role models, displayed through toys, imaginary play, etc that promote non-stereotyped images.  Books will be selected to promote such images of men, women, boys and girls.
  2. All children will be encouraged to join in all activities, i.e. dressing up, shop, home- corner, dolls, climbing on large apparatus, bikes, etc.
  3. Regularly review our child-care practice to remove practices that discriminate.

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, colour, cultural or national origin or sexuality, which cannot be justified as being necessary for the safe and effective performance of the work or training for the work.

Service Provision

No child will be discriminated against on the grounds of sex, race, religion, colour 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 Corwen Day Nursery to provide the necessary standard of care.

Corwen Day Nursery will endeavour 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 disabled people and producing material in relevant languages and media.

Recruitment

Corwen Day Nursery will attempt by recruitment to ensure that the staffing levels reflect the community it serves.  All vacancies will be advertised as widely as budgets allow.  Adverts will include the following statement:

“Corwen Day Nursery is an Equal Opportunities Employer”

Every effort will be made to ensure a representative balance on the selection group 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 potentially discriminate against the grounds specified in the Statement of Intent and at interview 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 discuss the reasons why they were not successful.

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 the ground as specified in the Statement of Intent.

All staff are expected to participate in equal opportunities training.

Training

Corwen Day Nursery recognises the importance of training as a key factor in the implementation of an effective Equal Opportunity Policy.

Corwen Day Nursery will strive towards the provision of equal opportunity training for all staff.

Appointed Member of Staff for Equal Opportunites:  Carmen Roberts Davenport.

You can tell that Corwen Day Nursery is an excellent nursery as soon as you walk in the door. It's bright, busy and filled with smiling children. The staff are caring and friendly and the nursery, as a whole, always seems to be moving forward in new ways, whether it's through menus, activities or equipment. Corwen is a small rural town, but this is not reflected in the nursery's BIG positive attitude.

Stephanie Williams

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