British Values

The Ofsted document ‘Inspecting Safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings’ published in August 2015 as part of the common inspection framework states: Schools and childcare providers should have a clear approach to implementing the Prevent duty and keeping children safe from the dangers of radicalisation and extremism. This includes making sure children understand how to keep themselves safe. The Department for Education state that there is a need 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 British Values are reflected in our clubs rules - The 'Smiles Code'.

S - Show everyone respect.

M - Make everyone happy.

I - Include and welcome all.

L - Listen to all instructions.

E - Engage in activities.

S - Stay safe at all times.

At Smiles of Quorn these values are reinforced regularly and in the following ways;


Democracy is embedded at our club. Democracy is about knowing everyone has a voice and should be listened too and valued. At Smiles we enable children to talk about and share their ideas and feelings openly. Staff always consult with children about their choices of activities and menus. We have suggestion books that are always available for parents and children to comment on and as a club we act on suggestions and feedback provided form parents and children. We promote independence, sharing and turn taking through play and development at Smiles.

Rule of law

The importance of laws whether they are those that govern the club or the country, are consistently reinforced. As a club we actively involve children in creating club rules for codes of behaviour together. We teach children about right and wrong and that wrong choices lead to consequences. Our club rules are clearly understood by all and are necessary to ensure that every child is able to feel content at Smiles.

Individual Liberty

Within our club children are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Staff at Smiles always strive to give children a positive sense of themselves and staff encouraging confidence and offer a wide range of experiences with freedom to choose and take risks.

Mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs

At Smiles we provide an ethos of equality and inclusion and engage in the local and wider community. We talk about similarities and differences and respect different faiths and beliefs. At Smiles we engage in celebrations from different faiths and beliefs such as Diwali. The value of respect underpins everything that we do at Smiles and children know and understand that it is expected and imperative that respect is shown to everyone, whatever differences we may have and to everything, however big or small.