Diversity and Equity Policy

To create an environment that supports, reflects and promotes equitable and inclusive behaviours and practices, and respects individuals and groups of people, it is crucial that a service examines its value and belief systems.

For many services, the majority of enrolled children and families do not speak English or it is their second language. Some services are remote or have little access to support agencies and professional development opportunities for staff/carers. In other circumstances, a family’s traditional or cultural expectation about child rearing can be in conflict with current early childhood recommendations and theories.

Personal experiences, biases and prejudices can influence professional and ethical behaviour and effect: caregiving skills and strategies; the value of interactions between children, families and staff/carers; and the ability of stakeholders to work cohesively as a team.

Reflective questions can assist services to develop different ways of communicating and can encourage open and honest discussions between the service’s stakeholders.

The Diversity and Equity Policy should refer to the service’s Philosophy Statement.

Policy Number

Link to CCQA Principles Family Day Care Quality Assurance (FDCQA)
                      Quality Practices Guide (2004) – Principle 1.2, 1.5, 5.1 / Outside School Hours Care Quality Assurance (OSHCQA) Quality Practices Guide (2003) – Principle 1.2 /
                      Quality Improvement and Accreditation System (QIAS) Quality Practices Guide (2005) – Principle 1.5

Policy statement

    • The purpose of the Diversity and Equity Policy is to:
        o ensure that all persons are treated equitably and with a level of mutual respect;
        o reduce bias and prejudice;
        o develop a range of practices and guidelines that actively counteract bias or prejudice;
        o promote inclusive practices;
        o encourage all...