British Values

British Values

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 Early Years Foundation Stage.

How do we promote British values at The Riverside Nursery School?


  • We let children know their views count and encourage everyone to value each other’s opinions and values, for example, by letting children share views on what activity should come next with a show of hands
  • We provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration
  • We give children opportunities to develop enquiring minds by encouraging children to ask questions.

Rule of Law

  • We help children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences, and help them to distinguish right from wrong
  • We work with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, such as agreeing the rules about tidying up, and also ensuring children understand that the rules apply to everyone

Individual Liberty

  • We 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 and talking about their experiences and learning
  • We encourage a range of experiences that allow children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand everyone is free to have different opinions

Mutual Respect and Tolerance

  • We encourage and explain to children about the importance of tolerant behaviours, such as sharing and respecting each other’s opinions
  • We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, by sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences
  • We provide resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping
  • We create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance at our setting where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued
  • We arrange visits whereby children can engage with the wider community, such as our Saints Tots, Wildlife Tots and Forest School sessions and liaison with local schools
  • We encourage children to acquire a tolerance, appreciation and respect for their own and other cultures by discussing with children the similarities and differences between themselves and others; and among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions
  • We share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences

Prevent Duty

Prevent is the name given to a national strategy which aims to stop people from becoming violent extremists or supporting terrorism. There is a responsibility on Early Years providers to keep children safe and promote their welfare. We have a duty to have due regard to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

As an Early Years provider subject to the Prevent Duty, we will:

  • assess the risk of children being drawn into terrorism
  • protect children and young people from being drawn into terrorism by having robust safeguarding policies
  • ensure that our safeguarding arrangements take into account the policies and procedures of the Local Safeguarding Children Board
  • make sure that staff have training that gives them the knowledge and confidence to identify children at risk of being drawn into terrorism, and challenge extremist ideas which can be used to legitimise terrorism
  • ensure children are safe from terrorist and extremist material when accessing the internet