EYFS British values
British Values in Early Years
The following British Values must be incorporated and demonstrated through EYFS learning and play:
• The rule of law
• Individual liberty
• Mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
In the early years it is all about teaching children that their opinions are important and that each child’s thoughts and feelings should be listened to and valued. These values are embedded within the EYFS curriculum.
In the early years it is all about teaching children that their opinions are important and that each child’s thoughts and feelings should be listened to and valued.
We promote the rule of Democracy by:
- Allowing children to make choices- allowing them to follow their interests in play.
- Provide opportunities to vote for example a story or song or a particular activity to have out.
- Encourage turn taking with resources, accessing activities. Use group times and circle times to encourage listening to each other and value and respect each other’s contributions.
- Help children to identify their emotions and talk about reasons for these emotions. Have some emotions cards/ pictures in the setting so that children that cannot verbalise their feelings can still share them. Identifying emotions is an important step in children being able to manage their emotions.
- Work together to create an environment where it is safe to make mistakes, share thoughts and ideas.
The rule of law
It is important that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences and help them to distinguish right from wrong by promoting ‘the rule of law’.
We promote the rule of law by:
- Working with the children to create rules and codes of behaviour, such as agreeing rules about tidying up, and also ensuring children understand that the rules apply to everyone. Rules to help us keep safe and happy.
- Encourage children to take turns and compromise.
- Inviting a policeman to visit and learn about ‘people who help us’ and the laws and rules that we need to follow.
- Helping children to understand their actions and the consequences. For example, by explaining to them how something they have done might have made another child feel and understand consequences.
This requires children to understand and value their own self and to gain confidence in making choices. Self-esteem, self-confidence and self-awareness are key.
We promote individual liberty in by:
- Encouraging children to have a positive sense of themselves.
- Providing opportunities for risk taking for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities.
- Encouraging children to ask questions and trust their ideas and opinions will be respected and valued.
- Providing activities that help children to develop a positive sense of themselves and increases their confidence and own abilities.
- Providing opportunities for children to follow and develop their own ideas and interests.
- Allowing the children to reflect on their similarities and differences and respect and understand that they are free to have different opinions.
Mutual respect and tolerance
Mutual respect and tolerance for others are about treating other people how you would like to be treated and learning to understand and appreciate each other’s differences.
It’s about being a part of a community where not everyone is the same and forming relationships within community that without discrimination. The environment should be inclusive, respectful and value faiths, cultures and races.
To help promote mutual respect it is important that we focus on behaviour such as sharing and respecting others opinions. In early years there are many opportunities to encourage sharing, this can be achieved with most activities.
We promote respect and tolerance in by:
- Encouraging children to share stories of their home that reflect the values and the diversity of their experiences.
- Provide opportunities for the children to make links with the wider community, for example, outings to local places (local walk, trip to the library), inviting family members or speakers to visit.
- Provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.
- Encourage children to learn about the world around them through topics, activities and religious celebrations from different cultures. Recognise similarities and differences between family units, occupations and places around the world.
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