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All Children and Families Included

Statutory Framework and Equality Act
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Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) states that:

The EYFS seeks to provide:

  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Ofsted inspections evaluate how well Early Years settings are meeting the needs of all children. This includes how the setting is narrowing the achievement gap, particularly for identified vulnerable groups. The Equality and Inclusion Team can support Early Years and childcare providers to review provision and practice to address the needs of identified vulnerable individuals and groups of children.

All Early Years providers have duties under the Equality Act 2010. Early Years providers must promote equality of opportunity and make reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children e.g. removing physical barriers. Providers also have an anticipatory duty to ensure that they are well prepared in advance to include children into their setting with SEND and their parents.

Council for Disabled Children document: Disabled children and the Equality Act 2010: what Early Years providers need to know and do, including responsibilities to disabled children under the Children and Families Act 2014

Kent's Strategy for Vulnerable Learners
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Kent's Strategy for Vulnerable Learners (PDF, 1.9 MB) brings together in one document all the actions we are taking in partnership with providers to improve outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people. It also sets out examples of good practice and strategies that are having some impact in narrowing achievement gaps and promoting greater social mobility.

Please see The Education People website for details of training, visits and products for:

Equality and Diversity in the Early Years

Did you know that we offer an Equality and Diversity in the Early Years - Strategic Inclusion Visit (half day)?

Look out for our products:

  • Getting it right for Children and Families with EAL in the Early Years
  • Inclusion Development Wheel.

Guidance on when to refer and to which service
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Contact details can change so this information will be regularly updated (as necessary).

Supporting children with medical conditions in Early Years settings
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A useful link to Health Protection in schools and other childcare facilities

Resources and training to promote diversity in the early years and to help you talk with young children about race
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Promoting Equality for all - Showing respect for and valuing all communities. Black Lives Matter.

As educators, we all need to learn to embrace the uncomfortable and understand that we might get it wrong. It is important to take a proactive approach, being able to educate ourselves, acknowledge racial differences and recognise unconscious bias that we all have within us.

More information, resources and details of support available through The Education People including:

  • Black History Month 2020 - Resource Pack available
  • Black History Month - Useful Links and Resources

We would encourage staff, parents, carers and stakeholders to utilise the resources provided; to be aware of, and peacefully stand against, racism; to be race conscious; and treat all people, irrespective of skin colour, race or gender equally and fairly.

Supporting bereaved young children in Early Years settings
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Small Steps is a support guide for Pre-school settings to help a child with their first steps in their grieving journey. This document is available either online or a hard copy through The Education People website

Supporting Children in Care (CIC) in Early Years settings
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We have worked with Virtual Schools Kent (VSK) to produce this information leaflet. It gives you the names and contact details of staff in your area, and more information about how you can best meet the needs of the child or children in care (CIC) in your setting.

The leaflet will support you to:

  • become involved in the Personal Education Plan (ePEP)
  • access additional funding - Early Years Pupil Premium Funding (EYPP)
  • respond to parents who request an Early Years Plan for Adopted Children (EYPAC).

Supporting Previously Looked After Children (PLAC) in Early Years settings
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VSK's Previously Looked After Children team (PLAC) is an advisory service. It is their aim to advise and provide information to parents and guardians, educational settings and all other relevant professionals who are involved in supporting the children to promote their well-being, educational achievement and engagement.

Please refer to this leaflet  (PDF, 557.1 KB)for further information on how VSK PLAC team can support and advise your parents, guardians and setting.

You can also contact the Equality and Inclusion Team for advice and support with meeting the needs of children in care. Use the electronic Equality and Inclusion request form to get in touch with us.

Useful links
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Return to Equality and Inclusion landing page

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