Management Policies

Equal Opportunity Policy

Aim

Ohana Early Learning is committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity in relation to community access to the Education and Care Service and the appointment of Educators and other staff.  Individuals will be treated with respect regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, impairment, marital status, political conviction, pregnancy, family responsibility or family status. Ohana Early Learning will actively promote the positive aspects of diversity and encourage acceptance and appreciation of individual differences.

Legislative Requirements

Anti Discrimination Act 1977
A New Tax System (Family Assistance) Act 1999
Education and Care Services National Law Act 2010
Education and Care Services National Regulations 2011
National Quality Standards 2011

Who Is Affected?

  • child
  • educators
  • staff
  • management
  • families

Policy Implementation

  • Parents, Educators and other staff will be given clear instructions about the Commonwealth “Priority of Access Guidelines” via our policies.
  • Equal Opportunity principles will be an integral part of the centre’s daily programs and routines. Children will be given positive experiences, which encourage equal opportunity. Programs will actively include opportunities for the children to experience diversity of culture, gender roles etc.
  • Educators and all other staff will treat individual children and their families with respect. They will take into account individual differences in language, attitudes, abilities, assumptions and expectations.
  • Children who have a disability will not be discriminated against and will be afforded access to the Education and Care Service where:
  • a place exists.
  • they meet the required priority of access guidelines.
  • the service’s resources are able to adequately care for the child.
  • All staff will be selected and employed according to equal opportunity guidelines.
  • Where the Community, Education and Care Service, comprises of a particular ethnic group, management will make every effort to include workers from that group at the service.
  • Applicants with disabilities who apply for advertised positions will be assessed according to the selection criteria and will not be discriminated against because of their disability.
  • During orientation Ohana Early Learning will provide relevant information to Educators and Staff concerning procedures to be followed in the event of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Sexual harassment is any deliberate verbal or physical sexual conduct that is unwelcome and uninvited. All employees will be provided with information that defines the range of behaviours that constitute harassment.
  • Clear guidelines on Grievance Procedures will be developed in accordance with the State and Federal Equal Opportunity Legislation and made available to Educators and all Staff Members.
  • The Approved Provider/Nominated Supervisor will be trained to:
  1. Identify discriminatory and harassing conduct;
  2. Publicise Equal Opportunity policy and complaints procedures to all Educators and other Staff;
  3. Train all Educators and other Staff on the steps to report current complaints;
  4. Investigate and document complaints.
  • No Child, Parent, Educator or other staff member or potential staff member will be excluded from the Education and Care Service due to living with HIV/AIDS.
  • Information about a child, parent or staff member living with HIV/AIDS will be kept strictly confidential at all times.
  • Educators and all other Staff will follow universal hygiene procedures to eliminate any risk of HIV/AIDS transmission in the centre.

Policy Review

Policies are reviewed regularly by management, employees, parents and any interested parties to ensure that they comply with Laws, Regulations and Guidelines.

Change Date
Policy created. February 1, 2016
Policy reviewed. April 3, 2017