Early Years Curriculum To Include British Values
“British values” is at the forefront of everyone’s minds at the moment in the early year’s sector since the government announced that promoting British values was to become part of the early year’s curriculum. These expected values are already promoted as part of the Stepping Stones Group’s vision to carry out high quality childcare and teach children valuable life skills setting them up for the best start in life.
Ofsted’s inspectors will now inspect nurseries on how these values (outlined below) are promoted within the nursery setting:
- Democracy (Children making decisions about themselves)
- The rule of law (understanding behaviours and rules)
- Individual liberty ( children are supported to develop self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities)
- Mutual respect and tolerance (an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued)
Compulsory Since July 2015
Since July 2015 teaching these values has become compulsory which is why our group have adopted a hand’s on approach to carrying out in-house training and guidance for all practitioners.
We have increased practitioner knowledge of these key values and we have a wider understanding of how we can most effectively teach our children at their age and stage of development to be model citizens.
The ‘Early Education and childcare: Statutory guidance for local authority’s’ document by the DfE states that: The promotion of fundamental British values will be reflected in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and exemplified in an age-appropriate way through practice guidance”.
Stepping Stones Group are using the ‘Early Years Outcomes’ document in order to plan and carry out age appropriate activity’s, by doing this; key people have been continuing to adhere to our vision promoting our children becoming ‘civilised’ human’s with positive values.
It is our responsibility to teach ‘British Values’.
As a group we discuss the activities that are carried out in the individual settings which have linked to British values as well as supporting all children at their level of understanding. Our professional knowledge has grown further and our vision has been strengthened as we now see ‘British values’ in every aspect of the curriculum. We see it as our responsibility, as early year’s practitioners; to ensure all children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to explore and develop life skills; which in turn will set all children up to be model citizens in adulthood.
- Activities where we teach children to listen to each other and wait before speaking. (Learning how to have a conversation and respect what others say in response).
- Being positive role models, modelling kindness, being helpful, respectful of others.
- Cooking and exploring traditional British food.
- Promoting table manners.
- Tolerating others and mutual respect.
- Learning about our heritage and history.
- Being polite, saying please and thank you.
- Being part of local community through outings and partnerships with local schools.
- Listening during story and song time to our adults and peers.
- Teaching empathy and understanding.
- Appropriate behaviour and learning right from wrong.
- Taking turns and sharing.
- Learning about British weather and seasons.
- Making friends whilst at nursery.
- Celebrating British authors and illustrators.
These values are strongly evidenced in British festivals which we celebrate such as:
- Valentine’s Day
- St David’s Day (Wales)
- St Patrick’s Day (N. Ireland)
- St George’s Day (England)
- The Queen’s Birthday
- Bonfire Night
- Remembrance Day
- Harvest Festival
- St Andrew’s Day (Scotland)
- Christmas Day
Stepping Stones group will continue to promote these values as part of our everyday quality practice and truly believe that our children’s behaviour and development is true evidence that ‘British values’ is and will always be embedded into the quality of our provision.
Quality Improvement Manager