Equality and Diversity Policy

Sunshine Wood aim is to show respectful awareness of all major events in the lives of the children and families that attend the setting activities, and in our society as a whole, welcoming the diversity of background from which they come.

All children and families will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities and play equipment offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination.  Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others.

The Equality Act we will:

  • Present all children and families with positive images of people and encourage them to address all differences and respect other all people as part of the diversity of life.
  • Ensure all children and families feel that their languages and dialects are valued, recognised and respected.
  • When planning activities always ensure that planning takes into account the need to promote the children’s interest in different environments, societies and cultures.  All children will be provided with activities encouraged to welcome and experience different cultures, together with the stories, celebrations, special food and clothing as part of the diversity of life.
  • Choose resources to give children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of our multi-racial society.  Materials will be selected to help children develop self-respect and to respect other people by avoiding stereotypes and derogatory pictures or messages about any group of people.
  • Acknowledge and provide activities about different festivals and faiths and work positively with children and families to understand and tolerate the religious and cultural views of others.
  • Give all children the opportunity to explore concepts and issues relating to identity, racial equality and racism.
  • Ensure all Information, written and spoken is clearly communicated
  •  in as many languages as possible through the use of the translation service.

Children with SEN, we will:

  • Ensure that every child and adult will have the same opportunities to be involved, learn, develop and achieve regardless of their background, disability or gender.
  • Provide an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all those
     in the community
  • Make ourselves aware of individual circumstances of each child
     and any potential barriers to learning
  • Identify any potential barriers to learning experienced by children at the centre; discuss these concerns with parents/carers and other agencies to respond to these needs, where appropriate through an individual plan.
  • Use, adapt or source a wide range of resources to help children overcome any barriers to learning they may experience.
  • Further develop partnerships with parents/carers and other agencies

Anti-sexist, we will:

  • Understand and recognise the need to challenge parental stereotypical gender attitudes.
  • Encourage all children to be allowed to explore new roles and activities within their play.

Anti-bullying, we will:

Bullying is the wilful, conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone.  The bully has power over the victim and this is not always easy recognisable. Sunshine wood’s approach is necessary to recognise, stop or prevent bullying and to promote an environment in which it cannot thrive and where children and families feel safe, happy and respected. If any form of bullying occurs, we will:

  • Offer sensitive support to the victims of bullying ensuring there

needs are met in a caring and empathetic manner.

  • Work with bullies to encourage co-operation and non-aggressive behaviour.  Their empathy can be increased through ensuring they are aware of what feelings a victim has, this can be done through role play, drama and stories.

At Sunshine woods Under the Equality Act we treat all children the same but follow diversity to ensure all areas are adjustable to meet the needs of each individual child.

If any problems arise please feel free to contact:

Sarah Prudhoe (Director of Sunshine Wood) – 07772189869

The Disability Rights Commission – 08457 622 633