British Values in the Early Years
At Sandy Lane and Nursery and Forest School the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance are implicitly embedded in our curriculum and nursery life.
Democracy: making decisions together
As part of our focus on self-confidence and self-awareness children are supported to share their views, to know their ideas count and to listen to and value one another’s ideas. They are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where their questions are valued.
Children are supported to make decisions, to take turns, share and to work together collaboratively.
Rule of law: understanding rules matter
As part of our focus on managing feelings and behaviour, we support the children in understanding their own and other’s behaviour and how our behaviour affects others. We talk with the children about what is ‘right’ and what is ‘wrong’. We have open discussions with the children to determine ‘rules’ and why we need to have these rules of behaviour, for example:
+ We walk in nursery
+ We all help to tidy up
Individual liberty: freedom for all
As part of our focus on self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities, we strive to develop in the children a positive sense of themselves and to increase their self-esteem by providing opportunities for children to see their own talents and to develop their own abilities. We explore with the children language to express our feelings and support the children in understanding their responsibilities. We look at similarities and differences between each other and encourage an understanding that others may have different ideas and opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated
As part of our focus on people and communities, managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships, our whole practice is centred on inclusivity. We provide opportunities for the children to experience other cultures for example each year we have a Hindu dancer and story teller who helps the children act out the story of Diwali. The children learn about their similarities and differences with other children and the different ways we celebrate the same events. Overtime the children build up huge respect, empathy, understanding and tolerance of each other. All children know they can have access to all resources. Our discussions with the children and our resources challenge stereotyping.