The DfE have recently reinforced the need to “create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”
At Etherley Lane Nursery School we believe that the EYFS already provides a solid foundation to encourage a child’s understanding and acceptance that we live in diverse communities with many different cultures and lifestyles.
We listen to the children’s and the parent’s voice. Parent questionnaires are completed and acted upon. Children are given opportunities to make choices and decisions.
We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children. Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when procedures are not followed.
Within school, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe enabling environment and effective teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
We aim to enhance children’s understanding of different faiths and beliefs by participating in a range of celebrations throughout the year. Children have the opportunity to dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures. The broader a child’s experiences, the more confident and effective they are likely to be at contributing to Britain’s diverse society.