Promoting British Values
DfE have reinforced the need "to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote 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 2011 'Prevent Strategy', and these values have been reiterated by the prime minister in 2014 and added to the Ofsted inspection guidance in July 2014.
Here at Loxley Nursery, we are an inclusive setting and our ethos and curriculum enables children to be independent learners, to make their own choices to build strong relationships with their peers and adults within our setting.
We believe that children are able to achieve their full potential when their personal, social, and emotional needs are met and where there are clear and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.
Here are the four headings under Fundamental British Values:
The rule of law
Mutual respect and tolerance
Democracy at Loxley Nursery:
We ensure that each child's voice is heard, and listened to within our setting, treating each individual with respect.
We are committed to ensuring our children have an active input in our EYFS planning on a daily basis. Children are given the opportunity daily to choose what they would like to eat at snack and meal times, or choosing their own resources during free flow play.
Our children are regularly asked to work together and decide on who would like to prepare snack, help set up new resources each day.
Our children's voices are listened to and we record their thoughts, interests, and views on our spontaneous learning sheets, PLODS, and in their learning journeys.
Rule of law at Loxley Nursery:
The children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations and nursery boundaries. We educate the children about how they are in place to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility, and that there are consequences when rules are not followed. Our Thrive Approach and behaviour management policy, teaches children and adults to behave in a socially acceptable way and to understand the rights and needs of others. We use positive strategies to handle any conflict and praise and acknowledge desirable behaviours.
Promoting Individual Liberty at Loxley Nursery:
Our children are actively encouraged daily to make choices which are safe and supportive. Each individual is given the freedom to choose which areas of provision they wish to access, using our free flow indoors and outdoors system. We strongly encourage children to make small choices and decisions for themselves each day, to help them with being able to express their own opinions.
Promoting Mutual Respect at Loxley Nursery:
As a team, we understand the importance of identifying and combating discrimination. We provide opportunities for our children to work in groups and pairs. Children are modelled respect through caring, sharing, listening to others and promoting courage in each child.
Children are taught that not one child is the same and are encouraged to take part in various fundraising events such as "the shoe box appeal, red nose day, Oxfam, children in need.
Our positive values and high expectations for one another are clearly visible in our setting.
Promoting a tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs:
We aim to enhance our children's understanding of all different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Our children have the opportunity to dress up in casual to role pole play clothing, try different foods from other cultures, and we encourage our families in the community to support our multicultural events. We do this by asking them to come in for the day and share their own experiences with us a shared setting. We ensure that posters, displays, messages of welcome reflect the wide range of languages and cultures around us. All forms of bullying and harassment is monitored and dealt with in a positive manner and we actively promote courtesy and good manners throughout the setting.