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At the recent Learn Explore Debate events (March 2015) we heard a lot of queries about how providers should be interpreting Fundamental British Values in the early years and how that will be reflected by Ofsted in inspection. Our feedback noted that many of you would welcome further clarity and guidance on what British Values means in the early years to reduce misinterpretation and confusion.

Having checked with the Department for Education (DfE) the statutory requirements for early years providers are now clear. The fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance for those with different faiths and beliefs are already implicitly embedded in the 2014 Early Years Foundation Stage.

We have now produced this document with examples to demonstrate what this means in practice.

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