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British values

British Values at the very heart of what we do

Promoting British Values at Crocodile Rock Day Care

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools and nurseries to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The Government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister. At Crocodile Rock Day Care these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:

So when thinking about how we promote British Values in line with the EYFS, these are the parts of child development that we need to keep going back to. As we go through each value, we’ll look more specifically at how to target each area of learning too.
Like everything else in childcare, promoting the British Values will require taking different approaches for different ages. In this case:

Younger Children – Focus on promoting the more general concepts with the EYFS knowing that their development within these areas is key to promoting the values in the long term.
Older Children – You can look more explicitly at the values and come up with ideas more closely tied.

Is about everyone being treated equally and having equal rights. We teach democracy in our settings through encouraging sharing and group decision making. Encouraging children to help with decisions and communicating their need for help and support. Showing children that their views count and as do the views of their peers. The children (and their families) can inform us of food preferences and where possible these are catered for by our nursery cook. Children are given opportunities to discuss favourite songs and choose what to sing at group times or what stories to listen to. This can be done by way of a vote or if a child has a particular preference for the day.

Where does it fit in the EYFS?
PSED – Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness

The rule of law:
Is about ensuring the children in our early years settings understand that rules are important and learn right from wrong. We teach children that there are boundaries and consequences, and that feelings and behaviour should be managed to fit within these boundaries. We follow “Play room rules” and encourage children to be respectful of the rules. Some of the rules that we encourage at nursery are “being kind” “Sitting at the table when eating” “Having manners” “sharing” “taking turns” “respecting each other”

Where does it fit in the EYFS?
PSED – Managing Feelings and Behaviour

Individual liberty:
Is about children understanding and valuing their own self and confidence in making choices. Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness are important here, which are imbedded in our teaching of the EYFS. We provide opportunities for children to take risk and experiment with their own ideas. They are free to discuss their views and opinions in a safe environment. We provide a dance and movement class on a Thursday but also have dance activities provided through the week. These activities encompass a variety of British songs as well as songs from different countries encouraging children to discuss their favourites.

Where does it fit in the EYFS?
PSED – Self-Confidence and Self-Awareness
UTW – People and Communities

Mutual respect and tolerance for others:
Is about learning to understand and appreciate each other’s differences, without allowing those differences to mean a change in treatment of any sort. It’s about being a part of a community where not everyone is the same and forming relationships within that without discrimination. We teach this through celebrations of different cultural and religious festivals from Christmas, Easter and Harvest to Diwali, Chinese New Year and Birthdays. We take children on visits into the community allowing them to experience new ideas, feelings and a greater self-awareness of the world around them. We provide a variety of British food alongside cuisine from around the world so that the children can learn about and understand other cultures and traditions
Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who show and value their individual personalities. Positive, caring and polite behaviour will be encouraged and praised at all times in an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings.”. we encourage Discussions of feelings and behavior learning to take turns, share and play co-operatively.
Also to understand that all children and adults have individual needs. 

Where does it fit in the EYFS?
PSED – Managing Feelings and Behaviour
PSED – Making Relationships
UTW – People and Communities

And what does this have to do with Prevent?
Quite simply, the Prevent Duty statutory guidance is focused on preventing all children from being drawn into terrorism. Within the strategy released by the government, they define terrorism as the active opposition to exactly the British Values detailed here. As a result, promoting and actively encouraging these values plays a crucial role in the Prevent strategy.