British Values and the Prevent Duty

From 1 July 2015 the Prevent Duty became law.

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 our care, we 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.

Although the term ‘Fundamental British Values’ is a new requirement, it is not a new concept and has been securely embedded within the Early Years Foundation Stage and within the day to day teachings of our Nursery.

The Fundamental British Values are:

  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those with different beliefs

How do we promote these?

Although these terms seem a little daunting, the way in which we implement them in Nursery is actually very simple.