We let children know their views count and encourage everyone to value each other’s opinions and values. We encourage children to share views on what activity should come next with a show of hands, choose stories, rhymes and plan for their own learning. Children choose their own snack times and foods from a range of healthy choices. A wide range of activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration are provided eg. games, role play, construction and outdoor ball games. Children are encouraged to express their own views and discuss feelings. They are taught tolerance and to respect the views and values of others. Sustained shared thinking opportunities are used to develop enquiring minds. All staff demonstrate and model the positive values, attitudes and behaviours expected from children.
Rule of law
We ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, helping them to distinguish right from wrong and to learn self-control. We work with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour within the nursery e.g. agreeing on the rules about tidying up, story time, garden time and meal times. We ensure the children understand that the rules apply to everyone. Children are encouraged to consider the feelings of others. All staff demonstrate and model the positive values, attitudes and behaviours expected from children.
We provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, for example through allowing children to take risks on an obstacle course, mixing colours and talking about their experiences and learning. We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand everyone is free to have different opinions. We promote independence and self-help skills. Appropriate risk-taking is encouraged within safe boundaries. Children learn to respect difference and one another. All staff demonstrate and model the positive values, attitudes and behaviours expected from children.
Mutual respect and tolerance
We encourage and explain to children about the importance of tolerant behaviours, such as sharing and respecting each other’s opinions.
We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences.
We provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping.
We create an ethos of kindness, inclusivism and tolerance in our setting where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued. We arrange visits whereby children can engage with the wider community e.g. visits to local retirement homes. Children participate in various fun raising charity events throughout the year e.g. Red Nose day, Jeans for Genes and MacMillan Coffee Morning. We encourage children to acquire a tolerance, appreciation and respect for their own and other cultures by discussing with children the similarities and differences between themselves and others; and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions. We share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences e.g. Holi, Diwali, Hanukah and Eid. All staff demonstrate and model the positive values, attitudes and behaviours expected from children.