Promoting British Values
The Department for Education emphasises there is a expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The society we live in is diverse and therefore, our teachings and life within our Pre-School reflects this.We do this reinforcing social, cultural, moral and spiritual British values throughout day to day nursery life. Underpinning this are the values and understanding of democracy, law, liberty, respect, tolerance, tradition and heritage. The ‘Equality Act 2010’ protects all individuals from discrimination and it is the nursery’s duty to ensure that all individuals have equal access and opportunity to all that is on offer.
At Sunny Days we teach the children about British Values which are defined as:
These values are taught through Personal Social and Emotional Development in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). We take the opportunities to actively promote and teach British values through our daily activities including and by offering a broad and balanced curriculum. For instance simple rules like pushing our chairs under our tables teaches children to follow rules and boundaries, as adults we follow such rules and boundaries in society through us obiding by Laws.We teach the children every day to respect each other, our belongings, ourself and our environment. We challenge and teach others to challenge other children, staff or parents who express opinions contrary to fundamental British values including extremist views.
Democracy - Democracy is embedded within the nursery. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Children also have the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas and have their voices heard through small and large group times. We teach children that every person deserves to be treated with respect like they should be.. Sunny Days does not separate children of different ages, instead recognising the learning opportunities the children gain through socialising with their peers of differing ages. Young children learn through play of the need to comprimise, share and take turns and older children learn through, negotiating, resolving conflicts and most importantly patience.
The Rule of Law - The importance of Laws, whether they are the rules, boundaries and expectations of the Pre School or the Laws of the country where we live we consistently reinforce these throughout each child's Pre School Journey; it is embedded in everyday practice. The children are aware of the consequences of not following the rules of the pre school and learn to understand the difference between right and wrong. We teach children about our emotions, feelings and the consequences of our actions. We have visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service to help reinforce this message. Sunny Days has very simple rules which are probably similar to what you as parents teach your children. Simple rules like pushing our chairs under our tables, not running indoors, listening to each other and the teachers at Sunny Days and having kind hands and not hurting others. These are only a few of our rules, which are devised between staff and children.We encourage and promote good behaviour, attitude and work & play, we want children to take pride in themselves & their achievements because it makes them proud. We role model positive behaviour and praise children’s efforts. Rather than focusing on negative behaviour which can have effects on children's self esteem we emphasise the positives encouraging other children to then seek positive praise.
Individual Liberty - The children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We educate and provide boundaries for the children to make informed choices, through a safe environment and an empowering education. Our children are encouraged to give their opinions and share these ideas with due regard for the feelings of others. Our environment is clearly organised with activities and choices of resources freely available so children can choose how they learn.
Mutual Respect - Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. We promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our nursery and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Children will challenge each other when not showing respect and encourage each other to be respectful and inform nursery staff.
Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs - This is achieved through enhancing the children’s understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity. Members of different faiths or religions, especially parents and other family members are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance the children’s learning. We encourage parents to share examples of home languages to expand children's knowledge and to enable children to celebrate their own cultures and Languages. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures. The broader a child’s experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to a diverse society. Throughout Pre School the children are encouraged to discuss differences between people such as their faith, ethnicity, disability, gender or sexuality (where appropriate). They also discuss differences in family life such as looked after children or young carers.
British Traditions and Heritage - We celebrate the role of Britain both historically and in the present. We want the children to have knowledge of and be proud of their British heritage and the cultural and historical traditions that we uphold. This involves celebrating Royal events, Remembrance Day, festivals such as Harvest, Christmas, and Easter. Additionally we celebrate Halloween or 'all hallows eve', although this is generally linked to scary things, sweets, dressing up and trick or treating we teach the children the meaning behind All Hallows eve, whereby we remember those we have lost. Although opinions vary; either way, what we can be sure of is that the modern celebration of Hallowe'en is a complicated mix of evolved (and evolving) traditions and influences
Rule of Law
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs