Amberley O.S.H.C.

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2.9 Inclusion Anti-Bias

Amberley O.S.H.C. supports the principles of equity through implementing inclusive and anti-bias practices.  At our service, the common aim in equal opportunities is to achieve equal relations between nationalities, races, religions, genders and special needs. To cultivate each child’s ability to stand up for themselves and for others and act to promote equity and justice. To develop programs which support the goals of an anti-bias program. For each child to be able to recognise and challenge bias. To regularly assess the physical environment for inclusiveness and undertake to plan changes in the environment where appropriate.

Relevant Laws and other Provisions

The laws and other provisions affecting this policy include:

  • Education and Care Services National Law Act, 2010 and Regulations 2011
  • QLD Anti-Discrimination Act 1991
  • ‘My Time, Our Place’ Framework for School Age Care
  • NQS Area: 1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.1.5, 1.1.6; 2.2.2; 3.1.3; 3.2.1; 4.2; 5.1; 5.2; 6.1.1; 6.2.2; 6.3.3; 7.1.2, 7.1.3, 7.1.5; 7.2.1,7.2.3; 7.3.4, 7.3.5.
  • Policies: 2.1 – Respect for Children, 2.6 – Behaviour Support and Management, 2.11 – Including Children with Special/Additional Needs, 3.3 – Educators Practice, 8.3 – Recruitment and Employment of Educators, 8.10 – Employee Orientation and Induction, 9.2 – Enrolment, 9.3 – Communication with Families, 9.5 – Complaints Handling.

 Procedures

Parents will:

  • Inform the Nominated Supervisor of the family and child’s cultural and/or language requirements at the time of enrolment.
  • Inform the Nominated Supervisor of the family and child’s additional needs at the time of enrolment or whenever identified.
  • Be encouraged to contribute to the program and operation of Amberley OSHC by sharing information about their individual needs.
  • Be informed via newsletter, noticeboard or other appropriate forms of communication about Amberley OSHC’s policies and practices.

Educators will:

  • Ensure that their interactions with children:
    • Promote gender equality;
    • Promote equality regardless of race, culture or differences;
    • Encourage children to develop to their full potential regardless of different abilities or needs.
  • Acknowledge and value children’s unique and individual differences.
  • Ensure that their language and daily practices are inclusive and non-discriminatory.
  • Have the opportunity to develop their understanding of inclusion principles and anti-bias through professional development and active participation of in-service training.
  • Self –evaluate and monitor their biases concerning gender, stereotypes or other differences between children.
  • Ensure their behaviours comply with Amberley OSHC’s policies and code of conduct.
  • Utilise the parent’s expertise in relation to their child’s needs and communicate effectively with parents.
  • Observe the local community of Amberley OSHC.
  • Show respect for the various ways that families care for their children and be aware of different child-rearing practices and beliefs.
  • Incorporate into the program advice identified through consultation with other professionals, the child’s family and those with particular expertise in relevant areas.
  • Implement a range of practices to actively counteract bias or prejudice such as:-
    • Provide children with a variety of experiences from a range of social, cultural, linguistic and ability backgrounds.
    • Use anti-bias language when communicating with children and families.
    • Display posters and materials that are representative of a variety of social, cultural, linguistic and ability backgrounds.
    • Talk to children about differences in positive ways.
    • Celebrate occasions that are relevant to a variety of cultures.
    • Share information with children about different cultures and ability backgrounds.
    • Provide information for children and families in other languages when appropriate.
    • Providing inclusive models when discussing family structures with all children;
    • Providing inclusive resources, experiences and materials;
    • Ensuring the physical environment reflects an inclusive and anti-bias approach.

 Management will:

  • Support educators in their professional development opportunities to ensure the provision of inclusive and anti-bias programs.
  • Assess centre documents and communications to ensure that it is inclusive and promotes an anti-bias approach.
  • Ensure all enrolment policies and practices are inclusive and anti-bias.
  • Provide the opportunity for parents and educators to contribute to the review of the policy on an annual basis.
  • Ensure that all equipment and resources purchased are inclusive and anti-bias.
  • Include in the educator selection criteria the applicant’s ability to accept and implement inclusive practices and an anti-bias approach.
  • Include information regarding Amberley OSHCs commitment to inclusive practices and anti-bias in the Educator handbook and induction and orientation package.
  • Include information regarding Amberley O.S.H.C.’s commitment to inclusive practices and anti-bias in the Family Handbook given to families on enrolment.
Reviewed 9 February 2015, Reviewed and Updated 9 May 2017


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