Equalities Objectives

A key part of our Mission is to raise the life chances of the most vulnerable and to narrow the gap. In May 2014 our Governing Body signed off the following 3 Objectives to help us achieve our mission. Here is the progress we have made so far:

  1. To ensure that the positive ethos of equality and respect of the Children’s Centre and Nursery School is embedded further by developing:
  • a Parents’ Charter which will set out how we expect all adults to behave on the premises, and what will happen if anyone does not abide by this;

2016: Our Parents’ Charter has been developed through consultation with governors, staff, parents and other users of the settings. It is displayed in all our settings, on our website and facebook page. We plan to extend this objective to find other ways to capture our parents’ voices.

2017: We have organised meetings during our March 2017 Listening Week at Low Hall and Church Hill for parents to share their views on everything about our schools, and to help us revitalise the Parents’ Charter now that the Children’s Centre is no longer part of our organisation.
 

  • a Bullying and Harassment Policy which will be included in the Staff Handbook and discussed as part of our Induction process for staff and volunteers.

2016: We now have a Bullying and Harassment Policy in our Staff Handbook. We held a workshop on this at our all-staff training day in January 2015, and it is used as part of our Induction process for staff and volunteers. We shall be reviewing the policy and procedure as part of our work to form common policies with our new colleagues and Low Hall and Walthamstow West.

2017: The Bullying and Harrassment Policy is now embedded in the practice of both schools.

  1. To increase the involvement of fathers and male carers in the Children’s Centre and Nursery School by:
  • recruiting male volunteers;

2016: More than a third of the volunteers at our Summer Fair were dads.

2017: Many of the volunteers at our Spring Fair were dads, and a dad came into Nursery to teach the children African Drumming.

  • promoting events such as ‘Bring a Dad to Nursery’ widely;

2016: Our latest Bring a Dad to Nursery Day was held on 3rd July 2015. 10 male carers came along, and participated in activities with the children.

2017: 4 dads and 3 grandads attended Bring a Dad to Nursery Day in Summer 2016.

  • through delivering a new group with a focus on fathers and their partners;

2016: Our Football for Fathers group has now been running for more than 12 months, and has built steadily. We now have 14 families who attend on a weekly basis. The children and adults are trained by professional coaches, after which they share a healthy snack and have an informal discussion of the parenting issues that the grown-ups face on the day.

2017: We ran our Football for Fathers group for about 2 years. It built to having 14 families attending on a weekly basis. The children and adults were trained by professional coaches, after which they shared a healthy snack and had an informal discussion of the parenting issues that the grown-ups faced on the day. This group was closed when responsibility for organising Children’s Centre activities moved away from Church Hill and Low Hall.

  • targeted publicity for male-focused workshops and for all events involving dads.

2016: Rather than using targeted publicity materials, link workers talk on a one-to-one basis with male carers when we have an event such as Bring a Dad to Nursery Day.

We also have two new male staff members: one Teacher, who works at Church Hill and supports the early years pupil premium children at Church Hill and Low Hall for one day each week; and one Early Years Professional working for Church Hill 2-year old provision and Low Hall teatime provision.

2017: Rather than using targeted publicity materials, link workers talk on a one-to-one basis with male carers when we have an event such as Bring a Dad to Nursery Day.

We have also increased our number of male staff members: we have a trainee Teacher and an Early Years practitioner who both work at Church Hill, Woodbury Road site; and an Early Years Practitioner working for Church Hill 2-year old provision and Low Hall teatime provision.

  1. To gather, analyse and evaluate data on different groups e.g. SEND, gender and ethnicity, including attendance data. To develop actions to address any imbalances we find.

2016: We are now in the 3rd year of doing analysis of blind data on SEND, gender and ethnicity. Analysis of children’s attainment and progress is contained in the annual Assessment Report which will be presented to the Children’s Learning and Development Committee meeting in November 2015. We use this analysis to develop the curriculum to suit the needs of our children better and to narrow the achievement gap.

We use our regular analysis of attendance data and holiday permission forms to understand better the reasons why parents take children out of nursery. Approaching parents with better understanding of their needs helps us develop good relationships, and this helps us to help them develop the habit of regular attendance.

2017: We are now in the 4th year of doing analysis of blind data on SEND, gender and ethnicity. Analysis of children’s attainment and progress is contained in the annual Assessment Report which will be presented to the Children’s Learning and Development Committee meeting in November 2016. We use this analysis to develop the curriculum to suit the needs of our children better and to narrow the achievement gap.

We use our regular analysis of attendance data and holiday permission forms to understand better the reasons why parents take children out of nursery. Approaching parents with better understanding of their needs helps us develop good relationships, and this helps us to help them develop the habit of regular attendance.

  1. Equalities Objectives for Church Hill NS and Walthamstow East CC Review 2016