British Values are at the heart of everything we do
The government has set out the need for ‘British values’ to help everyone live in safe and welcoming communities where they feel they belong. Beach House Nursery actively promotes the fundamental values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths or beliefs. These are interpreted by our children as learning right from wrong; learning to take turns and share; and challenging negative views and stereotypes.
These values are not unique to Britain but are universal aspirations of equality and are, as such, fundamental to helping all children become compassionate, considerate adults who form part of a fair and equal society.
All children are listened to and are involved in the shaping of their learning across the EYFS. Choice forms part of everyday life at Beach House, we respect and embrace the choices our children make. We include children in decision making each day at nursery to support their understanding of a democratic society. We teach children to follow daily routines and boundaries to keep themselves and others safe. We learn about and celebrate the range of different beliefs, cultures and faiths of people in our community and beyond.
At Beach House, we actively promote and reinforce the five fundamental British Values. These values form part of our ethos and our vision.
Democracy- at Beach House, we actively promote the value of democracy and each person’s right to be listened to. We celebrate the child’s voice, and encourage children’s contributions and ideas in all areas of our nursery development.
Individual Liberty- Within our safe and supportive learning environment, children are actively encouraged to direct their own learning and to make their own choices. The children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own choices and decisions, with the provision and support of boundaries from staff.
Mutual Respect- at Beach House we promote a culture of respect, whereby children learn to develop respect both for themselves and for one another. We model this by caring for one another, sharing our resources, and listening to each other.
The Rule of Law- at Beach House, we maintain high expectations of all children at all times. Children are taught the value and reasons behind these expectations, and learn that these expectations are here to support and help us.
Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs- at Beach House, we celebrate cultural diversity, and aim to enhance children’s understanding through learning about, and participating in a range of different cultural events throughout the year.
The Prevent Duty
At Beach House Nursery we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all children. The Prevent Duty is the duty on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. From 1st July, 2015, all schools and registered early years providers have a duty to ‘…have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.’
As a nursery, we need to think about how we can protect children from the risk of radicalisation. It is important to understand that we already do a great deal, both to protect our children and to promote British values simply by following the EYFS. Our nursery is renowned for its warmth and its caring ethos. Under our guidance, children learn right from wrong, they begin to mix and share with others children and value other’s views, they learn about similarities and differences between themselves and others, and challenge negative attitudes and stereotypes.