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Our employees stay with us and benefit from our generous benefits package. In return we expect dedication and commitment to the children in our care.

We employ both qualified and unqualified staff of all ages, who are chosen for their empathy and communication skills, both with children and also their parents.

Working for Dickory Docks Nursery enables staff to progress in their chosen career. We prefer staff to progress into management means that staff have the opportunity to rise up through the ranks, utilising our wide- ranging training schemes, which include NVQ's and Modern Apprenticeships.

Working for Dickory Docks Nursery you can expect

We'd love to hear from you.

Training

Training is very important to us. We firmly believe our staff should have the opportunity to improve their qualifications and knowledge whilst employed.

All of our staff are given an opportunity to go on a wide range of training courses. We encourage staff to develop and work their way through the organisation from Nursery Assistant to Nursery Manager.

For a new staff member, we offer an induction programme to help them settle in quickly and easily.

Equal opportunities

We aim to promote attitudes and behaviour appropriate to living in a multi ethnic society.

Our procedures and practices should not discriminate against or disadvantage anyone on the grounds of ethnic origin, language, culture, gender, disability, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, trade union membership or non- membership, nationality, race, colour or being a part time worker. All adults and children are respected and treated as individuals.

We believe in treating and respecting each person as an individual. Racist and sexist attitudes or remarks will be challenged or discussed. In all areas of the Nursery it is our aim to promote equal opportunities with equal access for all.

Racial tension comes from a lack of understanding and the staff at the Nursery will ensure that they provide information about other cultures. It is hoped that every child will develop and learn without prejudice. Equal opportunities will be fully integrated into the running of the Nursery.

Children's resources will reflect living in a multi cultural society; play activities will reflect non- sexist non- racist attitudes whilst encouraging good behaviour management. This will be through role play situations, materials displayed in the Nursery, festival celebrations, books, posters, story telling, food, cooking, dressing up, jigsaw, music etc.

All staff will acknowledge issues of race, gender, language and special needs and will provide positive role models for the children in their care.

Dickory Docks Nursery is committed to the principle of Equal Opportunity in employment and accordingly our employment policy for recruitment, selection, training, development and promotion is designed to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of sex, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, trade union membership or non- membership, political or religious beliefs or being a part time worker.

The objective of this statement is to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated solely on the basis of their relevant aptitudes, skills and abilities.

The Dickory Docks policy has been developed to take regard of all relevant legislation, in particular:

  1. Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (and amendments): Which makes it unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly on the grounds of sex or marital status.
  2. Race Relations Act 1976 (and amendments): Which makes it unlawful to discriminate directly or indirectly on the grounds of colour, race, nationality or citizenship.
  3. Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
  4. Commission for Racial Equality's Code of Practice.
  5. Special Educational Needs and Disability Act (SENDA) 2001
  6. Human Rights Act 1998
  7. The Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) (Amendment) Regulations 2003
  8. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) (Amendment) Regulations 2003

It is the policy of Dickory Docks Nursery:

That all employees are made aware of the existence of the statement and of their responsibilities and opportunities under the Equal Rights Legislation.

To ensure that equal opportunities is implemented:

  1. Employees co-operate with management in the implementation of this statement.
  2. Do not discriminate, harass, abuse or intimidate other employees.
  3. That there is no Direct Discrimination, Indirect Discrimination, Victimisation or Harassment of any employee.
  4. Employees who consider that they are victims of unlawful discrimination may raise the issue through Dickory Docks Nursery Grievance Procedure or they can report the matter directly to the senior Management Team.

Employees who commit discriminatory acts in the course of their employment, which are considered to fall outside the intention of this statement, will be taken through the disciplinary procedure.

Employment practices

The following covers good employment practices, which will help eliminate discrimination in pursuit of the Equal Opportunity Statement.

All job advertisements will contain reference to Equal Opportunities.

Vacancies will be advertised with the local job centre, employment agencies, local press and national press as appropriate.

The procedure for the short- listing of candidates, method of interviewing and selection is to be treated solely on the basis of the candidates relevant aptitude, skills and abilities and must not show any discrimination or deviation from Dickory Docks Educational Day Nursery's Equal Opportunity Statement.

Successful applicants will be made aware of Dickory Docks Nursery's Equal Opportunity Statement during their Induction.

A record of suitable, but unsuccessful candidates is be maintained for a short period of time for future vacancies, where appropriate.

Training

Appropriate training in Equal Opportunities will be given to all employees responsible for recruitment and selection as appropriate, and to encourage all employees to be positive role models for the children.

Disability

As an equal opportunity employer Dickory Docks Nursery is committed to provide employment to all employees or potential employees regardless of any disability, under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) 1995.

Dickory Docks Nursery, wherever possible, will make reasonable adjustments to its premises, policies or working practices to accommodate any individual with a disability (as agreed under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) from being placed at a substantial disadvantage.

Assistance will be given, wherever possible and reasonable, to ensure disabled employees gain access to their workplace, to the facilities on Company premises, and in progressing their career, subject only to the opportunity existing, the applicant’s suitability, talent and wish for it.