Democracy – making decision together

We listen to children’s and parent’s voice.  Our Nursery behaviour policy is clear that children are expected to contribute and co-operate, taking into account the views of others.

  • We encourage children by letting them know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help. When appropriate we demonstrate democracy in action, for example, children sharing views on what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands.
  • Staff support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children are given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.

The Rule of LawWhat’s right and what’s wrong

We consistently reinforce our high expectations of children.  Children are taught the value and reasons behind our expectations (rules), that they are there to protect us, that everyone has a responsibility and that there are consequences when rules are broken.

  • Staff ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour, its rewards and its consequences, and learn to distinguish right from wrong.
  • Staff collaborate with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, for example, to agree and execute the rules about tidying up and ensure that all children understand rules apply to everyone.

Individual Liberty – freedom for all 

Within Nursery, children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a Nursery we educate and provide boundaries for young children to make choices safely, through our provision of a safe environment and empowering staff. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

  • Children should develop a positive sense of themselves. Staff 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, talking about their experiences and learning.
  • Staff encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand we are free to have different opinions, for example in a small group discuss what they feel about transferring to “big School”.

Mutual Respect – treating others as you would want to be treated:

Part of our Nursery 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.

  • Our Management Team and Staff create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, ages, abilities, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.
  • Children acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.
  • Staff encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.
  • Staff promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, disability, cultural and racial stereotyping.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs:

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 try different foods, explore books, maps and music from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate.

Children have the right to say ‘no’ and be respected for their choices; including world religions and festivals in our planning to teach children about the world in which they live; linking children’s learning so they understand they are part of a much wider world; displaying posters and reading books which show world religions and cultures, blended families, disability, equality of opportunity.

  • We teach children to be kind, helpful and respectful of others; we model how to share opinions and be respectful of others through sensitive reminders.
  • We teach children about the world around them and use the seasons, weather, food, music, and special days to plan meaningful learning experiences.
  • We teach children to be part of their local community and we visit the Library, shops and local attractions.
  • We plan to celebrate festivals and mark special days from the world around us.
  • We teach children about the world in which they live – the world on their doorstep and the wider world – through books, posters, planned activities, resources, outings and much more;
  • We celebrate special multicultural days from our local community and the wider world.
  • We use books, toys and displays to learn about each other’s families and traditions. We invite our families in to share food, stories, music and ideas with us.
  • We plan to provide resources, experiences and activities that are available to all children regardless of gender or cultural background. We encourage all the children to take part in all activities that interest them. We aim to provide a variety that reflects the diversity of the community in which we live.