Back to Basics… British Values

We are always keen to reflect on our practice here at Juice, ensuring that we are responsive to any changes in legislation or focus, to ensure that we continue to the highest levels of care.

Back in September 2015, Ofsted introduced a new common inspection framework. Part of this new inspection framework places emphasis on the promotion of ‘British Values’ within all Early Years Setting, linked to the Prevent Duty for England and Wales, which places a responsibility on childcare providers to keep children safe and protected from being radicalised at an early age.

Since the framework was launched we have been considering our practice in terms of these ‘British Values’, defined as ‘democracy’, ‘rule of law’, ‘individual liberty’, ‘mutual respect and tolerance for those with difference faiths and beliefs’.

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We believe that as a setting these underlying values, have always been part of our everyday life here at Juice. However, part of the new Ofsted requirement, is that we also ensure that you, our parents, understand that these values underpin our day to day life at Juice, so we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little more.

Here at Juice we have reflected on these values, and in collaboration with the children, have developed our ‘Golden Rules’, which are our codes of behaviour and which form part of our ethos, and are as follows:

  • We always say ‘please’ and thank you’
  • We are kind to one another and we recognise right from wrong
  • We respect our elders and help our friends
  • We celebrate British festivals and learn about other special days from around the world
  • We are part of our local community and learn about the world around us

These shouldn’t just been seen as a list of rules on a piece of paper, or display board at nursery – but the way in which we go about our day at nursery. To give you more of an idea of how our Golden Rules come to life here at Juice, here are some examples of how these values are embedded in everything that we do.

We teach children to take turns during games and activities, and to share, and during Circle and Carpet Times encourage the children to speak one at a time, so that they can hear what their friends have to say.

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We think carefully about the resources that we have within the nursery, ensuring that they go some way to reflect the diverse culture which we are a part of.

We celebrate a variety of festivals and special days throughout the year, including Remembrance Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas, Diwali and Chinese New Year to name a few, teaching the children about the beliefs and traditions behind them, as well as encouraging them to experience a little of what they are about – tasting different foods, making different arts and crafts and even getting dressed up!

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We get out and about into Altrincham and the surrounding area as much as possible, recently parading our homemade dragon through the town centre as part of our Chinese New Year celebration, and have also enjoyed visits to Trafford South’s Food Bank, Baguely’s Tesco, the library in Altrincham, China Town in Manchester and Altrincham Market’s Honest Crust Pizza. In addition,  our Preschool class, visit the residents of St Andrew’s Court, several times a year, to spread a little love, singing songs and sharing some homemade biscuits.

We also welcome visitors in to nursery, to tell us a little more about what they do and why, including doctors, dentists, fire brigade and police.

We have successfully raised funds for an AED, which is located on the side of the Market House, opposite the nursery, and have for the past three years supported Altrincham’s RHS Britain in Bloom effort, by planting and tending the planter located outside the front of the Town Hall.

It’s all in a day’s work for us here at Juice, as we seek to play a part in ensuring that the children that leave our nursery are our nursery happy, balanced, well-rounded individuals, aware of the wider world in which they live.

Have any questions or want to know more then please speak to your child’s Keyperson, or feel free to give our office a call.

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