Childcare Office

Equal Opportunities Policy

Cambridge Universities' Holiday Playscheme (CUHP) is committed to taking positive and proactive steps to ensure that we provide a safe and caring environment, free from discrimination, for everyone in our community including children with additional needs.

CUHP's equal opportunities procedures aim to help everyone involved in CUHP to counteract and eliminate both direct and indirect discrimination in decision-making, employment practices and service provision, to ensure that our services strive to achieve equality of opportunity for all. CUHP aims to provide a welcoming and caring environment that promotes and reflects cultural and social diversity and is equally accessible to all. CUHP will endeavour to challenge any offensive behaviour, language or attitudes with regard to any of the ‘Protected Characteristics’ as outlined by the Equality Act 2010 and associated legislation:

CUHP recognises that achieving the objectives of our equal opportunities policy relies on the active involvement of parents, as set out in the Partnership with Parents policy. As such, CUHP will both welcome and encourage parents to become involved in CUHP, and to comment on the effectiveness of its policies and procedures.

Equal Opportunities Procedures

To create an environment that is welcoming to all and free from discrimination, CUHP will:

  • Ensure that its services are open and available to all parents/students of the University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University and then after priority booking is closed ensure children in the local community have equal access on a first come first served basis.
  • Ensure that issues regarding any of the Protected Characteristics do not inhibit a child from appropriately accessing the CUHP's services.
  • Treat all children and their parents with equal concern and value.
  • Have regard for promoting understanding, respect and awareness of diversity and equal opportunities issues in planning and CUHPs programme of activities.
  • Help all children to celebrate and express their cultural and religious identity by providing a wide range of appropriate resources and activities.
  • Ensure that CUHP's recruitment policies and procedures reflect the procedures set out by the University of Cambridge and are open, fair and non-discriminatory.
  • Ensure that all members of Playwork staff are aware of, and understand, the Equal Opportunities policy as it relates to all aspects of their work.
  • Encourage and support Playworkers to act as positive role models to children by displaying and promoting tolerant and respectful behaviour, language and attitudes and challenging any discriminatory incident, according to the provisions set out in the Staff Disciplinary Procedures, the Behaviour Management and Dealing with Harassment policies.
  • Treat seriously any Playworkers found to be acting, or who have been acting, in a discriminatory way, according to the provisions of the Staff Disciplinary Procedures.
  • Work to fulfil all the legal requirements of the Equality Act 2010.

The Playscheme will designate an Equal Opportunities Co-ordinator (ENCO) and ensure appropriate training is undertaken for the role. The ENCO is responsible for ensuring that the Equal Opportunities policy is implemented and that its effectiveness is regularly monitored. They will be responsible for ensuring that:

  • Playworkers receive appropriate training.
  • The Equal Opportunities policy is consistent with current legislation and guidance.
  • Appropriate action is taken wherever discriminatory behaviour, language or attitudes become apparent.

All of CUHP's policies and procedures will be kept under review to ensure they do not operate in a discriminatory manner or in any way against its commitment to equal opportunities.

Policy reviewed 21 December 2011.