From 1 July 2015 the Prevent duty became law. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in our care, we must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.
British values are a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers following the Early Years Foundation Stage to counter extremism. The values are: Democracy, Rule of Law, Individual Liberty and Mutual Respect and Tolerance.
Our nursery promotes the
British Values in the following ways:
The children are offered snack at our rolling snack bar. They have the opportunity to make their own decisions about how they want to play and are free to move between the inside and outside areas as they wish. The children are actively encouraged to express their opinions during activities and ask questions. The children enjoy a wide range of activities in large and small groups. Staff ensure that the resources provided reflect the children’s interests and each child will have their next steps recorded termly.
Rule of law
Children are aware of the boundaries and have made some golden rules to keep them safe and happy in the setting. The children respond well to the positive reinforcement given by the staff. The children use the visual references around the nursery to help them with the routine and are encouraged to help with the chores of the nursery e.g. snack time and tidying up. The children are helped with how to deal with their emotions through age appropriate activities and books.
Opportunities are given for the children to develop their self-esteem and to build their confidence by offering them activities where they can take risks. The children are encouraged to have their own ideas and to share them with their friends and the staff. The children’s work is displayed in the nursery and the children are regularly praised for their effort. The children are encouraged to help ensure that the rules of the nursery are kept by everyone.
Mutual respect and tolerance
The children have the opportunity to visit the local shops and community during the year. They will also have the opportunity to participate in a range of celebrations throughout the year. The children have the opportunity to dress up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures. The children are encouraged to look at the differences between themselves and their friends and celebrate that we are all different.