• ensure children and families are treated with equality
Many people get confused with the word equality, interpreting it to mean treating
everyone the same. It is in fact very different. It is about treating everyone according
to their own individual needs and abilities so that they have an equal opportunity
to reach their full potential. This can mean adapting activities, providing different
resources or providing more time for the child to achieve.
Here are a few examples:
A childminder is caring for three children Aged 2, 3 and 4 years. As she operates
equality in her setting all the children are able to use the toilet facilities independently.
The 4 year old just needs a stool to wash his hands and his childminder has provided
wipes so he can wipe his bottom properly. The 3 year old needs a stool to get to
the toilet and a toilet trainer seat as well as a stool to reach the wash basin.
The 2 year old is too small for the toilet so his minder has provided a potty and
asked his mum if he can wear ‘pull ups’ rather than a nappy. All three children are
enjoying a feeling of independence, made possible by providing equipment to support
their individual needs.
A childminder is caring for a 4 year old who is on the autistic spectrum. She knows
that he needs more time than the other children to move onto another activity. She
suggests that they all put their shoes on to go to collect the older children from
school well in advance, giving him time to be reminded gently and to get used to
the idea so that he doesn’t feel rushed and become anxious
A Childminder is caring for a child who is not allowed to eat certain foods under
his religion. She takes with her snacks that he is permitted to eat, so that when
at toddler groups he can join in the snack time without breaking his religious dietary
• How equality is promoted and explained to the children
Children can learn about equality of opportunity through play. Childminders need
to provide resources that reflect a multicultural environment and positive images
that promote different minority groups in a positive manner. For ideas of activities
and resources see our Equal Opportunities Ideas Page
• challenge inequality
How confident are you that you could challenge a racist, sexist or offensive remark?
Children often make remarks, not understanding what they are saying, just repeating
what they have heard. It is important to explain to them why it is inappropriate,
using language that they will understand.
You may also have to challenge comments made by parents when they are in your setting,
or maybe other parents in the playground at school.
• support children with learning difficulties and disabilities
It is important to find out the exact needs of the children in your care and what
you will need to support them. The child’s parents will be the best source of support
on what their child will need and be able to signpost you to where specialist resources
may be obtained. You will need to consider any adaptations you might need to make
to your home and when you go out. You will also need to consider how the other children
in your care will react and what support they may need to understand and welcome
the child into your setting.
The provider must take necessary steps
to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
EQUALITY OF OPPORTUNITIES
All providers must have and implement an effective policy about ensuring equality
of opportunities and for supporting children with learning difficulties and disabilities.
All providers in receipt of Government funding must have regard to the SEN Code of
Statutory guidance to which providers should have regard
The policy on equality of opportunities should include: