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As an early years setting you must make sure that inclusion is at the heart of your practice. Every child has a right to be treated with respect. You must be able to adapt to meet the needs of all children no matter what type of childcare you provide.

You have a legal duty to actively promote equality and to work to ensure that all children have equal access to services. You must do so regardless of their own or their parents:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage and civil partnership
  • pregnancy and maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation

These are the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010.

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