British Values in the Early Years
At Hindley Nursery 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.
There are numerous opportunities to ensure that children’s views are considered. Planning incorporates children’s interests and ideas. During activities children are encouraged to have an input into what and how they lean to instil an understanding of democracy for their future. Children are supported to make decisions, to take turns, share and to work together collaboratively.
The rule of law
Hindley Nursery School has a high regard for the laws that govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Routines are clear and our children are expected to follow the ‘good’ commands e.g. good walking, good sitting, good listening and kind hands. Children learn right from wrong. Conflict resolution strategies are used to help children from a very young age to understand the consequences of their actions and the impact they can have on other people. Staff encourage children to work together to think of solutions to problems and conflict at an age appropriate level.
At Hindley Nursery School we foster a safe and supporting environment where pupils are actively encourages to make choices. Children are encouraged to use the enabling learning environment independently and to choose their activity. Many activities are based around the children’s interests. At Hindley Nursery School there is a balance between child initiated learning, adult led play and adult focused learning. Children develop a positive sense of themselves and increase their self – esteem.
Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Children are treated with respect and learn to treat each other and staff with respect. This is reinforced through our Behaviour Policy. As part of our focus on managing feelings and behaviour and making relationships our whole practice is centered on inclusivity. Hindley Nursery School acknowledges that tolerance is achieved through pupils’ knowledge and understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and the opportunity for pupils to experience such diversity. Cultural events are celebrated from different faiths to help our children to understand diversity. Cultural events are celebrated from different faiths to help our children to understand different cultures and faiths and promote tolerance and harmony. Our discussions with children and parents challenge opinions or behaviours in school that are contrary to British Values.
For more information visit the Foundation Years website – www.foundationyears.org.uk
To find our more or to view a copy of the Early Years Foundation Stage visit – www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage