Promoting British Values

Promoting British Values at The Beeches Montessori Nursery School

The DfE has recently reinforced the need to promote British Values in our nurseries. Ofsted when inspecting, will now judge all early years providers, and schools on how well British Values are being ‘actively promoted’. This is now a statutory requirement.

The intention of this new legislation, linked with the Prevent Duty for England and Wales, is that all children including the very young are protected from ‘being radicalised at an early age’.

The Counter Terrorism and Security Act also places a duty of care on early years providers ‘to have due regards to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’.

‘Whether you live in a dominantly white, middle class suburb or a multicultural inner city, it is  your responsibility to ensure children are safeguarded and kept safe and healthy, always aspiring to be the best they can possibly be.’


The government has determined that these fundamental values are:

Democracy and the Rule of Law,

Individual Liberty whilst accepting Personal and Social Responsibility,

Mutual Respect and Tolerance of those of different Faiths and Belief.


Democracy is embedded within the Pre-school. Children are always listened to by adults and are taught to listen carefully and with concern to each other, respecting the right of every individual to have their opinions and voices heard. Children also have the opportunity to air their opinions and ideas and have their voices heard through small and large group times.

 The Rule of Law

 The importance of Laws is consistently reinforced in the nursery. The children learn to understand the difference between right and wrong using our Golden Rules. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Health and Fire Service are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce the difference between wrong and right. To encourage and promote good behaviour we are committed to praising children’s efforts.  Children’s achievements are also recognised.

 Individual Liberty

Children are encouraged to make choices, which is central to the Montessori ethos. Our children are encouraged to give their opinions and share these ideas with due regard for the feelings of others. As part of our PSED curriculum, we place a huge emphasis on the social and emotional learning of our children.

Mutual Respect

 Mutual respect is at the heart of our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the nursery are treated with respect. Posters around the Pre-school promote respect for others and this is reiterated through our classroom and learning rules, as well as our behaviour policy. Young children will challenge each other when not showing respect and encourage each other to be respectful.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

This is achieved through enhancing pupils understanding of their place in a culturally diverse society and by giving them opportunities to experience such diversity.  Members of different faiths or religions, especially parents and other family members are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within the Pre-school. We actively promote diversity through our celebrations of different faiths and cultures.


Below are just a few examples (which is by no means an exhaustive list) of how we promote British Values at The Beeches.







Children’s Votes (Making Decisions Together) e.g.

Choice of Role-Play Area.

Teachers Listen to children’s Comments.

Circle-Time and Group time-We Listen to Each Other.

We Share and Take Turns.

Freedom to express emotions and feelings.


People/Authorities Who Help Us. Children Chosen to be Safety Spies.

Golden Rules e.g.

We use Our Walking Feet

We Use Our Quite Voices

We Take Care of the Toys and Equipment

We Share and Take Turns.



The Montessori Principle of free choice of activity.

Free play at various times during the session.

French Language Sessions.

Chinese New Year.




Golden Rule:

We Are Kind to Each Other.

Exploration and Celebration of World Religions e.g. Diwali. Chinese New Year.

Tasting of Different foods.

Culture Toys, Books and Posters

Holiday Show and Tell.

Equal Opportunity for all Children.

Teaching of Grace and Courtesy.




Burns Night

St Valentine’s Day

Pancake Day

Mother’s Day

St Patrick’s Day

Comic Relief

St David’s Day


Earth Day

St George’s Day

May Day Parade

Father’s Day

Recycle Week

Grandparent’s Day


Guy Fawkes

Great British Tea Party

Remembrance Day

St Andrew’s Day


Nature Walks

Walks in the Community

Farm Visit

Sea-Side Visit






























After School Provision

Monday to Thursday:

3 pm to 4 pm

A caring and stimulating environment allowing self - discipline and independence