The fundamental British values

Democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are implicitly embedded in the Early Years Foundation Stage. 
We aim to actively promote these values through the curriculum we offer.

These values go hand in hand with our responsibility to prevent children from being drawn into radicalisation and extremism (the Prevent Duty).

Taking each value in turn, here is how we aim to promote British values:

Our Values

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  •  We let children know their views count and encourage everyone to value each other’s opinions and values. For example, we encourage children to share views on what activity should come next with a show of hands or using the choosing book. 
  • We provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration
  • We give children opportunities to develop their critical thinking skills and create an environment where all questions are valued

Rule of Law

  • We Ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, helping them to distinguish right from wrong
  • Work with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, such as agreeing the rules about tidying up, agreeing circle time rules, and also ensuring children understand that the rules apply to everyone

Individual liberty

  • We provide opportunities 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 and talking about their experiences and learning
  • We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings (emotional literacy) and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand everyone is free to have different opinions

Mutual respect and tolerance

  • We encourage and explain to children about the importance of behaviours, such as sharing, respecting each other’s opinions, and letting others speak, for example at show and tell
  • We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences
  • We provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping for example, in small world play
  • We aim to create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued
  • We arrange visits whereby children can engage with the wider community, for example trips to the library, museums, and parks
  • We encourage children to acquire a tolerance, appreciation and respect for their own and other cultures by discussing with children the similarities and differences between themselves and others; and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions
  • We share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences