Equalities Statement

Equalities is about ensuring that everybody in society is treated equally and fairly.
At Ladybirds we do this by:
 valuing difference
 recognising the impact of discrimination
 helping all of our children reach their individual potential
 recognising the importance of what is learned in childhood
 challenging negative labels and attitudes

Our setting is committed to valuing diversity and promoting equality of opportunity for all. We seek to challenge prejudice and discrimination and to create an anti-bias environment in which all children have a sense of belonging. We recognise that each child is unique and aim to meet their individual needs in order for them to achieve their full potential. We
promote and encourage positive attitudes and relationships between all our children, families and the wider community.

Ladybirds is registered for 24 children each session and currently has 20 on roll. This year we have a higher proportion of girls to boys. The setting’s intake is predominantly White British but at the moment we have 10% of children from minority ethnic groups. However the percentage of children for whom English is an additional language is 15%. 10% of our children have speech and language supports in place. We current have 2 children who are 2 funded and 8 children who are 3 year funded. By publishing this information, we demonstrate our commitment to the specific duty within the Equality Act 2010.

Treating people equally does not necessarily involve treating them the same. Our policies, procedures and activities promote equality and we challenge discriminatory behaviour and language. Nevertheless they take into account differences of life experience, background and individual needs and the types of barriers and disadvantages that people may face. We
respect the religious beliefs and practices of all staff, children and families, and comply with reasonable requests relating to religious observance and practice.