Equal Opportunities Policy
Joeys is committed to providing equality of opportunity for all children and families and works in accordance with all relevant legislation, including:
We believe that the group’s activities should be open to all children and families, and to all adults committed to their welfare. We aim to ensure that all who wish to work in, or volunteer to help with Joeys have an equal chance to do so.
At Joeys we;
Joeys is open to every family in the community. (Please see our admissions policy)
Joeys will appoint the best person for each job and will treat fairly all applicants for jobs and all those appointed. Applicants are welcome from all backgrounds and posts are open to all. Commitment to implementing Joeys’ Equal Opportunities Policy will form part of the job description for all workers.
Valuing diversity in families
Joeys recognises that many different types of family successfully love and care for children.
For families who speak languages in addition to English, we will develop means to ensure their full inclusion.
Our aim is to show respectful awareness of all the major events in the lives of the children and families in Joeys, and in our society as a whole, and to welcome the diversity of backgrounds from which they come.
In order to achieve this, we aim to acknowledge all the festivals which are celebrated in our area and/or by the families involved in Joeys:
All children will be respected and their individuality and potential recognised, valued and nurtured. Activities provided, and the use of play equipment selected, offer children opportunities to develop in an environment free from prejudice and discrimination. We encourage children to develop positive attitudes about themselves as well as to people who are different from themselves. Appropriate opportunities will be given to children to explore, acknowledge and value similarities and differences between themselves and others. Our Curriculum encourages children to empathise with others and to begin to develop the skills of critical thinking.
We do this by:
These will be chosen to give children a balanced view of the world and an appreciation of the rich diversity of our multi-cultural society.
Materials will be selected to help children to develop their self-respect and to respect other people by avoiding stereotypes and derogatory pictures or messages about any group of people.
Joeys recognises the wide range of special needs of children and families in the community, and will consider what part it can play in meeting these needs.
Planning for Joeys’ meetings and events will take into account the needs of people with disabilities.
These are unacceptable in Joeys.
The response will aim to be sensitive to the feelings of the victim(s) and to help those responsible to understand and overcome their prejudices.
The time, place and conduct of meetings will ensure that all families have an equal opportunity to be involved in the running of Joeys.
Signed on behalf of Milnthorpe Family Centre Directors
Katie Smyth – Joeys Manager Reviewed – January 2017