British values in the EYFS - information for visitors to Just For Me Preschool
For Early years providers, teaching British values is about teaching children to be proud to be British and ensuring they are not being radicalised at an early age. Whatever the community we are based in, it is our responsibility to ensure children are safe and healthy, always aspiring to be the best they can possibly be.
Whilst the emphasis from both the Prevent Guidance and the Early Years Foundation Stage is on ‘British’ values, our interpretation is that these values are in fact universal and that we should reflect ‘World’ values and aspirations for equality.
We don’t need to plan specific ‘lessons’ to teach children British values – they should be embedded in everything we do. This country has undergone rapid economic and social change in the last few decades and we live in an increasingly diverse society. We need to teach our children that it is possible to live together peacefully, each of them a valuable part of our multicultural world.
Whether we all agree with it or not, Ofsted inspectors are required to make a judgement about how well we deliver a curriculum which includes teaching children about Britain and British values so we need to address and show evidence of this in our planning. It is important to work closely with parents as well, letting them know that we’re going to be teaching their children British values as part of our day-to-day curriculum; also giving them some indication of the types of things you will cover.
These British Values are defined as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty and mutual respect
- Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs
What this means at Just for Me Preschool - How are British values embedded in our day-to-day curriculum:
- We teach children to be kind, helpful and respectful of others;
- We teach children about the world around them and use the seasons, weather, British special days etc. to plan meaningful learning experiences;
- We teach children to be part of their local community;
- We plan to celebrate festivals and mark special days from the world around us;
- We also teach the children about compromise – that some of us believe one thing... some of us believe something totally different... but we can all play together in the same house (or group setting) and respect each other = British values – teaching about similarities and differences.
- We teach children to work together – we provide them with projects that involve everyone in the provision and we plan group times, where children learn to listen, take turns and value contributions from others. This type of planning is a very important part of British values = teaching about shared values and working together towards a common goal;
- We teach children about the world in which they live – the world on their doorstep and the wider world – through books, posters, planned activities, resources, outings and much more;
- We teach children to listen and respect others.
Policy last updated: October 2015