Day Care
Nursery in
Cardiff
caring for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years
open 8am til 6pm
Little Cherubs Nursery Cardiff

Little Cherubs - Equal Opportunities Policy


Our Mission Statement

We will gain knowledge of and attitudes to multicultural issues and people of different racial origins. Commitment and knowledge to treat all children with equal concern.

Equal opportunity means treating everyone with equal concern according to his or her individual needs.

We give lots of support for all the children – about who they are, how much their culture, faith, language and skin colour are valued. We aim to help the children learn that they are members of a family group but also that they are part of a wider community. The development of true cultural awareness implies showing respect for others.

What is Prejudice and discrimination?

Prejudice – literally – is forming an opinion about a person with little or no information or evidence on which to base that opinion. It means person is pre-judged by others, maybe even before they have met. Discrimination is when a person is restricted from doing something on the grounds of their gender, race, culture etc.

Effects of racism and discrimination

Racism damages all children, black and white, although it does so in different ways.
  • It is hurtful and may interfere with their ability to learn;
  • May damage their concept of self-identity and/or make them believe that they are seen as inferior outside their homes; and
  • Can affect their behaviour, their motivation and their confidence.
It is important to help children develop positive self-image. Children are like sponges. They absorb the attitudes and values of people around them. Attitudes, including prejudiced attitudes, are not inborn – they are learned, and children learn their attitudes from their whole environment. They learn from books, dolls, toys and posters, from adults around them, other children and the media.

Children’s sense of personal identity comes from many aspects including their name, sex, skin colour, physical features, position within the family and language. Their cultural identity comes from their environment, which they interact with, the food they eat, the clothes they wear, the places they live in, the music they listen to and the spiritual values of their family.

When children attend an early years setting, such as Little Cherubs Nursery, other influences come into play. They learn who they are, where the rest of society places them in that society and what they feel about themselves. They learn if and how their language, culture, religion or skin colour is valued. This may influence how their identity develops.

In our setting we aim to reinforce a child’s existing level of self-esteem. We understand and value all aspects of a child’s cultural identity, which in turn will make the child feel comfortable and ‘at home’. By doing this they can more readily love themselves for who and what they are, and are more likely to be motivated to learn what the setting has to offer. We aim to integrate, as far as possible, the cultures of all children with the educational learning process.

We give lots of support for all the children – about whom they are, how much their culture, faith, language and skin colour are valued – promotes positive identity. We aim to help the children learn that they are members of a family group but also that they are part of a wider community. The development of true cultural awareness implies showing respect for others no matter what race, creed, religion or class. In a culturally diverse nursery such as Little Cherubs Nursery, nursery children can experience this in a concrete manner, but although the concepts are more difficult to convey in a monoculture situation it is possible to produce tolerant, open-minded attitudes which, hopefully, the children will take with them through life.

Fostering multicultural awareness

At Little Cherubs Nursery we feel that multicultural education is not a set of activities added on to the existing curriculum but it embodies a perspective rather than a curriculum. Every decision we make about materials, the organisation of rooms, the role of the parents and the approach to the curriculum reflects attitudes towards cultures.

At Little cherubs Nursery the staff:
  • Encourage activities, which enhance self-awareness and appreciation of each child’s feelings and competencies.
  • Encourage children to discuss how their lives are similar yet different. In this way children not only identify with their own culture but also become aware of the culture of others.
  • Encourage children to appreciate that other people may have points of view and feelings different of their own.
  • Broaden the cultural basis of the curriculum to include discussion and activities related to different types of clothing, speech, music and food etc. In addition to the traditional festivals the children will be introduced to the celebrations of other cultures.
Nursery Resources

We have a wealth of resources that reflect our multicultural society. Staff use the resources and involve them in the children’s play and their curricular activities. We ensure that the resources reflecting our multicultural society are used actively, in positive ways, and not just left lying around. This gives a strong message that they are part of ‘normal’, everyday learning.

We ensure that a range of resources are available:
  • A range of skin colours and physical features in book illustrations and posters;
  • Know the correct names for cooking pots, musical instruments and clothes used for dressing up and how to use them; and
  • When planning pre-numeracy and science or technology activities, include materials that reflect the lives of a variety of people.
We have a wide range of resources and activities. These include:
  • Dolls of all colours which are not stereotyped or any way reinforce negative images. Our dolls reflect a variety of cultures.
  • Dressing up clothes represent a range of cultures, for everyday and special occasions. Names of clothes and how they are worn are known
  • Books, pictures and language provide positive images and all children are encouraged to speak their home languages as well as learning English as their second language. Dual language books and tapes can be obtained.
  • Circle time provides an opportunity for open discussion about what may have happen during the day, and for questions or issues to be raised in any way that is appropriate to the children’s ages. Children are usually able to express what they think if they feel confident and free to contribute their thoughts in a supportive atmosphere.
  • Persona dolls/puppets can help represent particular ‘people’ or be characters in a story. Persona dolls can also be used to introduce children to differences that do not exist in the setting, to extend their awareness of diversity and to counter racism in society.
  • Celebrating and responding to festivals throughout society. Any festival that is celebrated will be as authentic as possible.
  • Celebrating differences, by discussing our different skin colours, hair textures, eye, lip and nose shape. Differences between us extend our knowledge of the world, they let us put it in perspective and enhance our lives.
  • Religion will be treated with equal concern and respected. All religious practices, requirements and needs will as far as possible, be accepted and catered for.
Our Policy

We will actively promote equality of opportunity and anti-discrimination for children. We will monitor our personnel procedures to ensure that they are fair and objective. We aim to attract a wide range of competent and able applicants for our posts. We aim to provide an accessible working environment for people with disabilities. We will make clear to all our staff their rights and their personal responsibilities for achieving equal opportunities in the workplace. Everyone has a right to be treated fairly and with consideration, and to enjoy a harmonious working environment.

It is our commitment to train all members of staff in equal opportunities through on the job training.

Through regular staff meetings and programme planning we will take every step to incorporate into our curriculum, activities which reflect, celebrate and educate our children about all races, backgrounds, cultures and religions and to actively promote the valuable roles of people with disabilities in our society.

We will liase with parents/guardians to ensure the child’s records contain information, which enables appropriate care to be given. Menus can be easily adapted to cater for any cultural needs or special diets (see our admissions policy).

Skin colour is very important to children and adults should never indicate that a child’s skin colour doesn’t matter. We will have resources e.g. books, posters, skin tone crayons/paint, etc and where possible all our facilities and equipment will take into consideration the varied uses that maybe required by any person with varying degrees of disabilities.

At Little Cherubs Nursery we prepare children for living in a multi-cultural and equal opportunity society. We aim to give them the skills to challenge inequality for themselves.

We have adopted a multi-cultural approach within our nursery, which is reflected in many items such as dressing up clothes, dolls correctly dressed, pictures on jigsaws, photographs and posters, frieze work and other items for inclusion in displays. Books show a wide variety of cultures and face everyday situations in a positive light are used, and not taken out of context and glamorised,
Songs will be sung in different languages, actively promoting pre-school welsh working towards the desirable outcomes. We promote bi-lingual books, labels and resources.

We will try to employ staff from other cultures and encourage parent partnership by inviting everyone in for a chat about their child before they start. We will endeavour to learn a few words or more of a language if a child needs it, as it is a solid gesture of support. All children will be allowed to speak in their home language in the setting. Language will be used in a non-discriminatory way, an interpreter will be sought if needed for adults/children and letters translated into their language. Support will be given to all children who m English is a second language

We will respect and acknowledge each child’s individual needs within the nursery environment through discussion with parents/guardians and by keeping staff updated with specific literature. A comprehensive list of all the relevant festivals is kept in nursery and appropriate celebrations are included in the children’s topics for the year.

Within the nursery environment we provide a wide range of non-gender and non-stereotype toys and activities for the children to experience. We deliberately avoid situations, which would encourage male/female stereotyping i.e. only allowing boys to play with cars and girls with dolls etc., using the home corner, displays, pictures, friezes, domestic and free play, we actively encourage a non-sexist approach from an early age which we feel is very positive. All children will have access to play materials to enable them to explore adult roles. All stereotypical views will be challenged.

As well as reflecting cultures equally, we will endeavour to ensure that resources reflect a balanced view of all people, regardless of their sex, religion, ethnicity or disability. No stereotyping will be done over culture, making assumptions that do not reflect reality. We will celebrate festivals from around the world but will also promote white (English) cultures and festivals.

At nursery we feel that multicultural education is not a set of activities added onto the existing curriculum but it embodies a perspective rather than a curriculum. Every decision we make about materials, the organisation of rooms, the role of the parents and the approach to the curriculum reflects attitudes towards cultures. Staff is encouraged to:
  • Encourage activates which enhance self-awareness and appreciation of each child’s feelings and competencies.
  • Encourage children to discuss how their lives are similar yet different. In this way children not only identify with their own culture but also become aware of the cultures of others.
  • Encourage children to appreciate that other people may have points of view and feelings different of their own.
  • Broaden the cultural basis of the curriculum to include discussion and activities related to different types of clothing, speech, music and food etc. In addition to the traditional festivals the children will be introduced to the celebrations of others cultures.
We will review this policy periodically to make sure it falls in line with current legislation and guidelines. All staff and volunteers will have training to understand and interpreter this policy. The building and facilities for all staff and children will be adapted if necessary, appropriate and financially viable in accordance with the disability awareness act 1995.

Main points of our policy

We will value diversity by treating everyone as individuals.

Religious Persuasion

Each religion is unique and a family’s religious beliefs are important to them. We will recognise major festivals of all religions, no child will be forced to join in with something, which goes against their own faith. Religious diets will be catered for.

Racial Origin

We will promote all children’s origins using a variety of resources in the nursery, such as dressing up clothes and skin tone paints. No toys will be used in a tokenistic way.

Cultural and linguistic background

Music, art activities, cooking and homes are examples of the ways in which cultures can be explored with the children. Bi-lingual resources will be used, especially for those children who are learning English as a second language.

Sex

All children will see people in positive roles around the nursery, non-stereotypical toys will be used.

Social group

Care will be taken when addressing cards and work; we value the recognition of the make-up of families in today’s world.

Disability

We have a special needs policy we adhere to. Children with different abilities will be catered for, including resources that enable the children to reach their full potential.

Everyone needs to feel good about who they are.
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Little Cherubs Day Nursery Cardiff
12 Penlline Rd, Whitchurch, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF14 2AD

Tel - 029 2052 1007

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