British Values

Did you know that in 2014 that the Government instructed all schools and nurseries to promote British values as a fundamental part of their curriculum? In fact it’s viewed as so important that Ofsted assess how well the values are being taught by making judgements on various development factors that they find in the children, through the curriculum and in the leadership team. Little Learners Nurseries are no exception and we think it’s really important that you know what your children are being taught!

The four British values that are taught in nurseries and schools are:

  1. Mutual respect and tolerance
  2. Rule of law
  3. Individual liberty
  4. Democracy

You can find out more about these in the second half of this blog.

Little Learners teach these values to your children by:

  • Teaching children to listen to each other without interrupting
  • Setting appropriate behaviour boundaries
  • Learning about multi-cultural and diverse ways of living through topics, planning and activities
  • Valuing the people who are important to the children by hand making gifts and cards
  • Being polite to others and teaching good manners
  • Helping and supporting each other and others
  • Helping children to understand and empathise with the views of others
  • Learning to negotiate and compromise
  • Taking turns and sharing with friends
  • Teaching toleration and mutual respect
  • Cooking, eating and learning about traditional British food as well as foods of other cultures
  • Visiting the local community and looking at the different decorations and celebrations seen in windows and front gardens
  • Learning about our personal heritage and history
  • Learning British seasons and weather

Why don’t you talk to your children about what they’ve learnt and ask us for some top tips too!

  1. Mutual respect and tolerance
  • Children are encouraged to share and respect each other’s opinions, including and accepting everyone, regardless of difference.
  • Resources and activities are provided that challenge stereotyping (gender, cultural and racial); these promote inclusive attitudes.
  • Children are encouraged to discuss the similarities and differences between themselves and others, so they gain an appreciation of individuality.
  • Different practices, celebrations and experiences are shared together.
  1. Rule of Law
  • Understanding behaviour, the importance of boundaries and consequences, helps children to distinguish right from wrong and develop a good moral compass.
  • Working together to create and agree the rules and the codes of behaviour and helping children to understand that the rules apply to everyone.
  • Equality between individuals is important and individual needs are met.
  1. Individual liberty
  • Provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their abilities.
  • Encourage a range of experiences that allow children to develop their ability to communicate their feelings and understand everyone is free to have different opinions.
  • Develop a sense of responsibility, giving children the opportunity to reflect on their differences and learn from mistakes so they can move forward positively.
  1. Democracy
  • Let children know their views are recognised and appreciated by encouraging everyone to value others’ opinions.
  • Provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration
  • Develop enquiring minds by encouraging and valuing different kinds of questions.