For Early years providers, teaching British values is about teaching children to be proud to be British and ensuring they are not being radicalised at an early age. Whatever the community we are based in, it is our responsibility to ensure children are safe and healthy, always aspiring to be the best they can possibly be.
According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
the rule of law
mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
At Playtime, we strive to build children’s resilience to radicalisation by promoting fundamental British values and enabling them to challenge extremist views. This will be done in an age appropriate way ensuring children learn right from wrong, mix and share with others, value others views, know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and challenge negative views, attitudes and stereotypes.
The Prevent duty became law back in 2015. This is a duty on all schools and registered early years providers to have due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism. In order to protect children in your care, you must be alert to any reason for concern in the child’s life at home or elsewhere. This includes awareness of the expression of extremist views.
British values are a set of four values introduced to help keep children safe and promote their welfare – as is the duty of all providers following the EYFS; specifically to counter extremism.