The fundamental British values of:
- rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs
are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage. This is essentially to help prepare children for life in modern Britain. To promote fundamental British values in an age-appropriate way such as; 'right from wrong' and to challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes. To understand the risk of radicalisation and to identify children at risk of being drawn into extremism.
Separately, the Counter Terrorism and Security Act also places a duty on early years providers "to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism" (the Prevent duty).
The following helps to describe how British Values are put into practice at our setting:
Democracy: making decisions together
This is part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness in the Personal, Social and Emotional Development area of learning:
Children are encouraged to see their role in the bigger picture, children understand their views count, they value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help. Democracy can be seen in action by children sharing views on what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands.
Staff support the decisions that children make and provide many activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.
Rule of law: understanding rules matter
This is part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour in the Personal, Social and Emotional Development area of learning:
Staff ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
Staff collaborate with children to create rules and the codes of behaviour, the children enjoy helping to write the rules for nursery, which we have laminated and placed around our setting.
Individual liberty: freedom for all
This is part of the focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities in the Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World areas of learning:
Children are enabled to develop a positive sense of themselves. Opportunities are provided for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course, mixing colours or talking about their experiences and learning.
Staff provide a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
This is part of the focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships in the Personal Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World areas of learning:
We have an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
Children acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
Staff encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
Staff promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.