Equality & British Values

British Values at Morning Star Nursery

Promoting British Values at Morning Star Nursery

The DfE has recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.”

The government set out its definition of British values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. At Morning Star Nursery these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways:


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

 The Rule of Law:

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.

 Individual Liberty:

Within the 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 teaching. Children are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms.

 Mutual Respect:

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. The staff help children to understand how to respect by talking about how actions/words can affect others.

 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 dress-up in clothes and try different foods from other cultures and we encourage parents/carers to participate and support our multi-cultural events.

Equal Opportunities Statement

Equal opportunities statement

Morning Star nursery recognizes that all sections of society may experience prejudice and discrimination. We committed in our approach to achieving excellence in all aspects of equal opportunities for all children in my care. This policy encourages the recognition of the fact that all children differ in their individual needs.

Our object is to strive to achieve an environment where each child can participate in all the activities we do. In this way, each child will learn to value their own capabilities and grow in confidence. Those who are not as able as others will be afforded the same access to activities.

Morning Star will manage this by either adapting our approach to the existing environment. The setting is committed to attaining excellence in the delivery of services to everyone in the community regardless of gender, age, race, disability, language, class, culture or way of life, religion/faith, mobility or any other unjustifiable grounds.

The setting is committed to ensuring that equalities are mainstreamed throughout the nursery service so that they become a central part of the planning, policy-making, delivery and employment processes.

We meet our statutory obligation and evaluate our performance. Everyone is treated differently yet fairly, objectively and sensitivity towards their culture, values and beliefs. We encourage and enable the involvement of people, including children, in a decision that affects them.

The nursery and play staff and those who we work in partnership with and have a responsibility in promoting equalities and challenging discrimination and stereotyping. The manager will be responsible for ensuring that principles are put into practice.

 Discrimination will be unlawful in to

  • Recruitment and selection
  • Terms and condition of employment
  • Access to training
  • Development and promotional opportunities

Morning Star seeks opportunities;

  • Include men in the workforce as they are discretionally underrepresented in Early years
  • Provide training and development for all employees so they can do their job to the best of their ability and gain access to career progression
  • Equip staff with skills to challenge discrimination and stereotypes sensitively and with the knowledge that they will be supported by the service

The setting is committed to delivering high-quality childcare provision which is inclusive, efficient and safe.

We seek opportunities to provide children with a rich variety of experiences which reflect their heritage, family background, and possible disability and contribute to their growth and well-being.

We provide activities and resources which challenge stereotypes and support anti-bias practice.