The Early Years Foundation Stage incorporates the fundamental British Values Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance – which all underpin what it is to be a British Citizen in a modern and diverse Britain and promote moral and cultural understanding to celebrate the diversity of the UK.
Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School value and accept the importance of the fundamental British Values within the setting as it creates an environment free from stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination.
Democracy: Making decisions together
In Early Years, Democracy is all about teaching their opinions are important and that each child’s thoughts and feelings should be listened to and valued. Likewise, Democracy is about teaching children that at times we are provided with the power to choose and make decisions as individuals and as a group.
At Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School, practitioners support children in decision making by granting them options or a problem to solve, or by encouraging turn taking and collaboration during activities and free play. Likewise, the practitioners encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings.
Rule of Law: Understanding rules matter (cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development)
In Early Years, children are encouraged by the practitioner to understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, as well as be able to identify right from wrong.
At Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School, the practitioners promote Rule of Law by collaborating with the children to create the rules within the setting, for example walking when in the classroom and corridors or tidying up before mealtimes, and so on. This will ensure that the children understand that rules apply for everyone.
Individual Liberty: Freedom for all (cited in Personal Social and Emotional Development; and Understanding the World)
In Early Years, children are encouraged to focus on self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as people and communities.
At Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School, practitioners support children to develop a positive sense of themselves, as well as provide the children with opportunities to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance: Treat others as you want to be treated (cited in Personal Emotional Development; and Understanding the World)
In Early Years, Mutual Respect and Tolerance focuses on people and communities; managing feelings and behaviours; and making relationships.
Within Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School, practitioners create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures, and races are valued, and children are engaged with the wider community. It is important to learn not to only tolerate but also appreciate cultures, families, faiths, communities, and traditions, as well as sharing and discussing practices, celebrations, and experiences.
The staff members at Little Learners Nursery and Pre-School incorporate the fundamental British Values within their monthly topics. For example, during the month of May 2022, the children will be developing their knowledge and understanding based around Countries around the world. They have been and will be exploring many aspects of a range of countries, such as languages, clothing, religions, travel, festivals, food, and the list could go on. The practitioners will encourage children to share their opinions and views whilst being considerate of others around them.