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Equality and Diversity

Our staff follow and put into practice national and borough policies and guidelines on equality in education, support for disability and special needs, moral and religious education and child protection and safeguarding.

We are an inclusive organisation and welcome children and their families from all backgrounds, all faiths and none, and from all cultures. We do not discriminate against anyone including those with protected characteristics: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. This school is all about people; everyone is valued and is fully included fully.

We aim to provide every child the encouragement and opportunity:

  • To develop and build on earlier learning
  • To be active, enthusiastic, thoughtful and responsive.
  • To experience new learning through a planned curriculum which covers appropriate aspects of language, social, cultural, moral, emotional, cognitive, mathematical, scientific, creative and physical development both indoors and outdoors.
  • To take part in all activities, which are organised to take into account different languages, cultural experiences, backgrounds, beliefs and abilities.
  • To progress in all ways, by using our professional knowledge to assess the educational achievements of young children.
  • To feel happy and safe in a caring environment.

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 3 Objectives for Church Hill to help us achieve our mission, and in June 2015 they did the same for Low Hall.

This is the progress we have made each year so far.

Church Hill's Equalities Objectives

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.

2. 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, Key People 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, Key People 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.

3. 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.

Low Hall's Equalities Objectives

  1. To ensure that the positive ethos of equality and respect of the Children’s centre and Nursery School is embedded further we will develop a Parent’s 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, and on our website. 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.

2. To develop our learning about the new communities in the local area and increase the involvement of these community users in the Children’s centre and Nursery School by:

  • Involving current staff from less well represented communities in a wider range of activities such interpreting messages from parents
    2016: We make the most of the variety of languages that our talented staff can speak to help us have more meaningful conversations with our parents.
    2017: We are continuing to use the skills of our talented staff at every opportunity.
  •  Promoting a wide range of cultural backgrounds at an annual International Day
    2016: Our International Day saw staff and children dress up in costumes or colours that represented their cultural heritage. Parents came in and read stories to the children from around the world. They also brought in contributions of food from around the world for children and parents to taste. A steel band spent the day at the nursery and the children enjoyed listening to the music and dancing. Every child was also able to have a go at playing the steel pans.
    2017: Once more our International Day saw staff and children dress up in costumes or colours that represented their cultural heritage. Parents came in and read stories to the children from around the world. They also brought in contributions of food from around the world for children and parents to taste. A steel band spent the day at the nursery and the children enjoyed listening to the music and dancing. Every child was also able to have a go at playing the steel pans.
  • Recruiting volunteers from a wider range of communities which represent people living in the local area
    2016: Parents come with us on trips so that we have a safe number of adults. 11 parents volunteer on a regular basis across Walthamstow East and Walthamstow West Children’s Centres. They have all been interviewed and had a proper induction.
    2017: In addition to helping out regularly on school trips, 2 parents volunteered in Nursery throughout the Autumn Term 2016.
  • Ensuring that food on offer is more culturally diverse
    2016: Our new chef means that the variety of food on offer has improved enormously. It is a very healthy and culturally diverse menu.
    2017: The chef is still making tasty, healthy and diverse food. This is revised regularly to take account of new advice on healthy eating.

3. To increase the involvement of local women and their under 5s in sport, for example, developing Family Football sessions to include women and their children

2016: We signpost mothers to the local women-only sports sessions available at Walthamstow Leisure Centre.
2017: Following staff changes in our office we will put renewed effort into doing this.

Working with Parents and Carers
We have recently put together a ‘Grown ups’ Charter’ based on suggestions from parents, carers and staff from both schools and children’s centres. The charter is displayed in the schools. Please see below.

Grown ups charter 2017

Please also see the For parents section of this website for more detailed information about our aims, how we can work together, and our parent guidelines for the Safety and Protection of your child during their time with us.