Almost two whole years ago Jo wrote this article about Fundamental British Values, it remains the most read post on our website. Despite the time passing, understanding and guidance of this subject are clearly still lacking. With the recent events across the country and politicians using British Values in their election campaigns, we thought it might be a good time to look again at just what we need to be doing.
Fundamental British Values are very closely linked to PREVENT duty, an important part of the countries strategy to combat extremism. With the roll out of the FBVs across all levels of education the confusion of Early Years providers is still understandable. In reality, in Early Years we have both the easiest job and the hardest….
Easy Fundamental British Values
As Jo said many months ago, we actually promote all four of the FBVs in everything we already do in the nursery. You really don’t need to be adding anything special in to your daily life, but you do need to know what you are doing that promotes them. That subtle difference is all important if an Ofsted inspector happens to ask, so make sure you have take a look through Jo’s suggestions from the previous article and the documents detailed below.
Hard Fundamental British Values
The hard part we have to do in Early Years was not actually something that Jo mentioned in the previous article, although I remember talking about it with her at the time. That is how we support the families of the children in our care. It is actually far more likely that you identify a PREVENT related issue in another member of the family than in a young child, so how can we do this? Working closely with families is something that we already do in Early Years and this is all there is to it! Making sure we identify vulnerable families, support them and help everyone fit in with the communities in which we work. It sounds simple, but on top of everything else we do it does require a little bit of extra thought. Just remember to share any concerns you might have with other staff and through supervisions and I promise it is easier than it sounds!
Supporting Fundamental British Values
However much I enjoy writing an article praising Jo for getting this exactly right so long ago, that wasn’t the main point of writing this. I actually wanted to remind everyone (or tell new people on the block of course) that we have a *free* downloads section of the website where you can find two super helpful documents – Fundamental British Values in the EYFS and Fundamental British Values in the Playwork Objectives. You will need to create a username if you don’t already have one, but it is worth it as you will have access to a range of other downloads too; including our celebration for two years of FBVs, our (not particularly) limited edition poster:
If you feel like your staff team could use a little bit more help, then we not only deliver training on all aspects of the FBVs and safeguarding, but we also supported our sister company in creating some Fundamental British Values Key Ring Cards that you can find here.
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