Fundamental British Values

British Values at Smart Teenies Nursery

The DfE have reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all educational settings to promote the fundamental British values, thus being;

  • Democracy
  • Rule of law
  • Individual Liberty, and
  • Mutual respect

Here at Smart Teenies Nursery, we take seriously our responsibility to prepare children for life in modern Britain. We ensure that the fundamental British values are introduced and lived through the ethos within the nursery.

We understand that all areas of learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum are a significant tool for furthering understanding of these concepts.

Here are the British values explained…


This is about everyone being treated equally and having equal rights. An example of this can be through encouraging sharing, taking turns and decision making.

Rule of law:

This is about ensuring children within our setting are encouraged to develop an understanding that rules are important, and of the difference between right and wrong.

Individual liberty:

This is about children understanding and valuing their own self and confidence in making choices. Self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-awareness are important here.

Mutual respect and tolerance for others:

This is about providing an opportunity to understand and appreciate each other’s differences, without allowing those differences to mean a change in treatment of any sort. It is also promoting that we are part of a community where not everyone is the same and relationships form without discrimination.

All activities and learning opportunities that we provide the children within the setting consistently include varying aspects of the British values, thus ensuring that best practice is provided always.