Co-operative values and principles are part of the unique relationship that unites The Co-operative Movement around the world. Our colleagues and members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. These values are even more important in childcare, they are closely linked to the four principles of the EYFS and our parents and colleagues believe that this is what makes us different.
Our values can be broken down into four main principles that all our nurseries adhere to ensuring we consistently provide all children with premium care and education.
As a co-operatively run childcare provision we pride ourselves on a firm belief in the practice of Equal Opportunties and look to respect all children irrespective of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties or disabilities, gender or ability. We believe all children should have the opportunity to experience a challenging and enjoyable programme of learning and development whilst receiving quality care and attention.
In our nurseries we value and support multi-cultural and special needs education and our practitioners go above and beyond to support and extend children’s experiences as they participate in activities relevant to their own culture and learn about the cultures of others. We promote cultural awareness through music, language, games, food and clothing and we celebrate a variety of cultural festivals. We know there are many different ways of seeing the world and we want our children to enjoy the diversity of the world.
Where families and children use languages other than English, we will ask parents to contribute a list of key words and greetings in the home language, which can be used by staff and other children in the nursery. This will ensure that the child and parent feel involved and valued. We will also provide appropriate support for those parents that do not speak or understand English when talking about their child’s learning or progress.