LGBTQ+ History Month is an annual event held across the UK every February. The event was first celebrated in 2005, after the abolition of Section 28 in 2003, the Employment Equality Regulations 2003, as well as Government proposals to bring in a Single Equality Act. This months aims to raise awareness of, and combat prejudice against the LGBTQ+ community, as well as celebrating it’s achievements and diversity.
LGBTQ+ History Month has three main taglines: “Claiming our past. Celebrating our present. Creating our future”.
Our nurseries have been celebrating LGBTQ+ History Month through a number of different activities. For example, Tops Portsmouth made a Tree of Acceptance, and the children at Tops Havant explored different family dynamics.
On Wednesday 9th February, the nurseries celebrated Rainbow Day. Staff set up activities for the children to explore the colours of the rainbow, including moulding playdough into rainbow shapes. The children also created their own rainbows using different materials and textures, and mixed colours together during water play. Children at Tops Portsmouth also created rainbow toast using milk and food colouring.
Check out our nursery Facebook pages to see what else we have been up to!
At Tops, we not only ensure that we are educating our children about the LGBTQ+ community but also our colleagues. We have set up a LQBTQ+ Group to provide an opportunity to express anything related to being LGBTQ+ at Tops Day Nurseries and to set up an action plan, fully supported by the Directors, in order to ensure that our LGBTQ+ colleagues are fully welcomed into our family, and that any blocks or concerns can be raised and addressed. Find out more about this group here.