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
Democracy – making decisions together
As part of the focus on self-confidence and self-awareness as cited in Personal, Social and Emotional Development:
We understand the importance of positive role models for children and will guide and support each individual child. We encourage the children to know that their views count and to value each other’s views and opinions. The staff encourage the children to demonstrate democracy by providing activities that involve sharing, turn taking, working together and sharing ideas. The children here at Apple Tree are given opportunities to develop their enquiring minds in an environment where their questions are valued. All children are encouraged to make their own decisions throughout the day and are actively involved in their learning throughout the day where they are able to self-select the resources and activities promoting freedom of choice. Part of our settings ethos and behaviour policy has revolved around Core Values such as ‘Respect’, and children are modelled this by caring, sharing and listening to others. Staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.
The Rule of Law – understanding rules matter
Rule of law: understanding rules matter as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development As part of the focus on managing feelings and behaviour:
Our ‘Golden Rules’ are actively promoted and encouraged on a daily basis, by the children here at Apple Tree as well as the staff. The children were highly involved in the deciding and implementation of these rules and are aware that the Golden Rules apply to everyone.
Our five Golden Rules, decided by the children are;
Listen carefully, Gentle Voices, Be safe, Be kind, Have fun!
Within the setting, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a nursery we provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.
Individual Liberty – Freedom for all
As part of the focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World:
The children here at Apple Tree are actively encouraged to take risks and set their own challenges. All children need opportunities for them to grow in confidence and self-esteem. Our staff support and encourage children to work together and problem solve whilst providing age appropriate activities and challenges tailored to their individual needs and development for example; through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course encourages their assessment of risk. Circle Time and Together Time gives children the opportunity to reflect on their differences and explore the language of feelings and responsibility and feel valued as a person and a member of the wider community.
Mutual Respect and Tolerance – Treat Others as you want to be treated
As part of the focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World:
The Manager and Leaders work closely with the team to create an inclusive ethos where everyone; children, staff and families are valued and faith, cultures and race are celebrated. The children at Apple Tree are encouraged to show respect, tolerance and appreciation for those around them. They understand that there may be similarities and differences between themselves and other families, faiths, communities and traditions. They are encouraged to share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences with their peers and staff.
The environment is a celebration of diversity and every child is given the opportunity to build positive relationships and make their own decisions, building their confidence and self-esteem. Stereotypes are challenged through the use of resources and activities such as books, posters, dolls etc. 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 and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events
The Ethos at Apple Tree Day Nursery is to celebrate and value each individual child’s achievement and success. As our motto states ‘From Little seeds… great things grow’. Children’s achievements and accomplishments and acts of kindness are acknowledged and awarded when they receive an ‘apple’ that they proudly display on our ‘Apple Tree of Kindness’.