Statement of Intent
TOP Kids aims to challenge discrimination in all areas of our work and services. We aim to ensure that our Clubs respond to the needs of the local community.
We recognise that certain groups and individuals in our society are discriminated against because of their race, colour, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, age, social class, cultural or religious background. Accordingly, we are committed to anti-discriminatory practices in all our work as an employer, with other agencies, with children, families, schools and others.
Our staff represent role models for the children and for the image of the organisation. We therefore aim to employ a team of workers that represent the ethnicity of the local community, whilst ensuring fair and equal recruitment.
Our children have the right to grow up and learn in an environment free from prejudice and without discrimination. Without this freedom, their development may be affected and they may grow up feeling inferior. Hence, we seek and accept the individual child.
- to enjoy what we share in common, and to take pleasure in exploring the difference.
- to acknowledge the challenge in valuing ourselves and recognise the importance of self-esteem.
- to encourage and help everyone to achieve their full potential with mutual respect and reassurance.
- to ensure that the atmosphere is warm and friendly, and that everyone is made to feel welcome.
Rules and notices to users will explicitly state that language or behaviour designed to be offensive to anyone is unacceptable and will not be tolerated in the Clubs.
The Clubs will be accessible to all members of the community equally. Any publicity will state our commitment to equalities of opportunities.
It is crucial that all children are able to enjoy play material and equipment. We will therefore aim to promote positive values by selecting our materials according to the wide range of images and objects that reflect the diversity of life in our society
We see ourselves working as part of a partnership between school and home - bridging the gap.
We want you to feel welcome, to feel that you can take an active part in the work we do, and to feel that the door is always open for you to come and discuss any worries you may have about your child or family circumstances, in complete confidence.
You can always visit the Club to see your child when s/he is with us. You may also telephone at any time.
- meet with you at least once a term, to talk about your child's achievements, enjoyments, difficulties, worries, progress, friendships, etc.
- organise regular events to which you will be invited, and outings for which permission will be sought for your child to attend.
- keep you informed of any changes or proposals by letter. Club reports and news will also be issued on a regular basis.
- listen to your views and concerns to ensure that we continue to meet your needs.