British Values in the Early Years
In the Early Years, we actively promote the Fundamental British Values. We believe that for very young children, this means learning right from wrong, having a voice that is heard, learning to take turns and share and feeling confident to challenge negative views and stereotypes. Below are just some of the things we do to promote these values in our Early Years.
Fundamental British Values in the Early Years
What it looks like in practice
Making decisions together.
In the Early Years, we teach children that their views count. We encourage the children to value each other’s views and to talk about their feelings.
-Everyone is involved in choosing class rules.
- We vote for our favourite books and songs.
-The children’s interests and questions are used to plan topics and lessons.
-We often vote for activities to be undertaken at sports day/sporting events.
-Children have a say in what their environment looks like – we often vote on what our new role-play area will be.
-Children have a say in where we go on our school trip.
-We vote for what we would like for snack.
-We had a pirate party and the children voted for the food that they wanted before we all went to Tesco to buy it.
-Children are invited to share their work with the class and others are encouraged to comment and talk about the work.
-‘Star of the day’ is often a collective decision that we talk about as a class.
The rule of law
Understanding that rules matter.
We work hard to help develop children’s skills in managing their feelings and behaviour and teach children that it is important to respect rules. We use lots of praise for good behaviour and we encourage children to take responsibility for inappropriate behaviour through using sanctions e.g. the thinking spot.
-Circle times – learning what is right and wrong through the use of stories.
-Turn-taking and sharing is promoted and modelled by adults.
-Children are involved in choosing class rules and we spend time discussing them to make sure we all understand them.
-Star of the day.
-Use of the traffic light system and ‘thinking spot’ when dealing with unacceptable behaviour - children are taught to understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
-Appropriate consequences to develop responsibility for own behaviour choices.
-Developing respect through PSE activities.
-Collective worship – learning to respect people and rules.
-Visits from fire and police service.
-Links to community police.
Freedom for all. Understanding rights and responsibilities.
We encourage the children to have confidence in their own abilities and actively encourage risk taking in our setting. We provide activities that help children to develop a positive view of themselves and always celebrate our strengths together. We support children and parents in being the best they can be.
- RE and collective worship sessions.
-Parent workshops held to support parents in helping their children at home – phonics, reading etc.
-Children are encouraged to listen to each other and respect other’s opinions.
-Children encouraged to talk about their experiences and their learning.
- Children praised when appropriate to help to develop a positive view of themselves.
-Talking about and celebrating our strengths.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Treat others as you want to be treated.
We provide activities and interactions to support children in acquiring tolerance and respect for their own and other cultures. We look at similarities and differences between different families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and we share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences. We actively promote diversity and challenge stereotypes.
-Learning songs through sign language.
-Charity fund raising events.
-We celebrate children’s out of school achievements.
-Use of a special talking object during circle times –encouraging the children to listen to each other and show respect.
-Early Years talent shows in class – learning to respect each other’s abilities.
-Promoting mutual respect and teamwork through sports day and other events.
-Celebrating British traditions and events.
-Celebrating different religious and cultural festivals.
-Tasting food from other cultures.
-Story books and resources including range of different faiths and cultures.
-Print from other countries in the environment.
-Looking at other faiths and making comparisons during RE.
-All children are treated the same regardless of faith, culture or race.
-Sharing with everyone is encouraged and modelled.
-Teaching the children that everyone is special.
-Display of our special talents.
-Sharing stories that reflect and value diversity.
-Providing resources and activities that challenge gender, racial and cultural stereotyping: dolls from different races, cultural dressing up costumes, talking about different occupations and reinforcing that we can do any job no matter what gender we are, pictures displayed and discussed to eliminate gender stereotypes etc.