British Values Statement

Since September 2014, schools and nurseries have been required to promote fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs in order to help demonstrate how they are meeting the requirements of Education Act 2002 regarding their provision of SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).

At Mildmay Community Nursery, we believe that the British Values are intrinsically linked to our own values of respect, resilience and independence. We believe in a holistic approach to the teaching of values and understand that they are not simply taught; they have to be lived through the nursery’s ethos and values.

Our vision is for the children in our nursery to grow into happy, responsible and caring adults who actively and positively contribute to society. We aim to ensure the children develop the skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully and contribute to life in the community and country in which they live.

The following are a selection of activities and external accreditations that evidence our commitment to British Values and the effective promotion of SMSC.

Democracy

Encouraging children to know their views count and their opinions are important, for example; Following the children’s interests for topics and activities.

Encouraging children to make decisions together e.g. When sharing a group toy (such as a train set).

Encouraging children to see their role in the ‘bigger picture’ e.g. linking to part of a family, class, group, community etc.

Encouraging children to value each other’s beliefs and to talk about their feelings; for example when they do or do not need help, topic ideas or circle time activities about likes/dislikes.

Providing opportunities for the children to vote for activity choices, a song for circle time, a book for story time.
Encouraging activities that promote sharing and turn taking, discussion and collaboration e.g. model making, role play and using equipment.

Working together to create an environment where it is ‘safe’ to make mistakes, share thoughts and ideas, and to explore other options e.g. promoting forgiveness after an argument, opportunities to retry an activity.

The Rule of Law

Adults and children working together to create group rules and discussing the need for these rules to keep everyone safe and happy.

Teaching children to understand their own and others’ behaviour and feelings, along with their consequences.

Encouraging and supporting children to learn how to distinguish between right and wrong.

Encouraging children to take turns, share and compromise.

Individual Liberty

Encouraging children to develop a positive sense of themselves.

Providing opportunities for children to develop their self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities. For example, by sharing achievements and successes and promoting independence.

Providing opportunities for children to take on risks, challenges and responsibilities and encouraging them to explore and discuss their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Encouraging children to try a range of activities and opportunities, and to discuss and select their own preferences.

Encouraging children to ask questions and trust that their opinions and ideas will be respected