Promoting British values in Early Years

The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.  The promotion of fundamental British values will be reflected in the Early Years Foundation Stage and exemplified in an age-appropriate way through practice guidance.

When working with the Early Years age group these values need to be meaningful and age appropriate

Democracy: Making decisions together

  • Encourage children to know their views count
  • Value each other’s feelings
  • Talk about feelings
  • Making decisions about things that affect daily activities e.g. choosing role play themes
  • Activities that involve turn taking, sharing and collaboration
  • Opportunities for critical thinking and questioning

Rule of Law: Understanding rules matter

  • Activities where children understand their own and other’s behaviour and it’s consequences
  • Distinguishing right from wrong
  • Creating shared classroom rules/common codes of behaviour
  • Promoting an understanding that rules apply to everyone e.g. tidying up

Individual Liberty: Freedom for all

  • Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves
  • Opportunities for developing self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase self-confidence through celebrating individual success
  • Activities which encourage the language of feelings and an appreciation of the feelings of others
  • Activities which encourage discussions and celebration of all our similarities and differences
  • Creating an ethos which encourages and respects different opinions

Mutual Respect and Tolerance: treat others as you want to be treated

  • Creating an inclusive environment and ethos where everyone is valued and differences are portrayed positively
  • Positive relationships promoted with parents/carers and wider community
  • Activities which encourage an understanding of and respect one’s own cultures and beliefs and that of others
  • Activities which encourage positive social behaviours such as sharing and kindness towards others
  • Activities and resources which promote diverse attitudes and challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotypes and value the diversity of children’s experiences.