Promoting British Values at Intake Pre School

British Values, as defined by the government are democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.  At Intake Pre School we believe that promoting these values is of paramount importance and do so daily through every day pre school life. 

How Do We Promote Each Value


Democracy: making decisions together 



  • We encourage children to see their role in the bigger picture, encouraging children to know their views count, value each other’s views and values and talk about their feelings, for example when they do or do not need help.  When appropriate demonstrate democracy in action, for example, children sharing views on what the theme of their role play area could be with a show of hands or which story should be read again by a vote

  •  We support the decisions that children make and provide activities that involve turn-taking, sharing and collaboration. Children should be given opportunities to develop enquiring minds in an atmosphere where questions are valued.


The rule of law: understanding rules matter as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development 


  • As part of a focus on managing feelings and behaviour, we ensure that children understand their own and others’ behaviour and its consequences alongside learning to distinguish right from wrong.


  • We collaborate with children to create the rules and the codes of behaviour, for example, to agree the rules about tidying up and ensure that all children understand rules apply to everyone.  

  • We deliver a consistent, across the board approach to promoting the pre school rules. We aim to give all children the support to implement these rules and support their peers also.


  • To support all children in being able to distinguish, understand and implement the rules we use various methods including using visuals.


Individual liberty: freedom for all

  • As part of a focus on self-confidence & self-awareness and people & communities as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World, Children should develop a positive sense of themselves.


  • 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, mixing colours, 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 we are free to have different opinions, for example in a small group discuss what they feel about transferring into Reception Class, Discuss the different tastes the children have at snack and not everyone has to like the same things. 

Mutual respect: treat others as you want to be treated 

  •  As part of a focus on people & communities, managing feelings & behaviour and making relationships as cited in Personal Social and Emotional development and Understanding the World we create an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance where views, faiths, cultures and races are valued and children are engaged with the wider community.

  • We aspire for all children to acquire a tolerance and appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures; know about similarities and differences between themselves and others and among families, faiths,  communities, cultures  and traditions and share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.  


  • We encourage and explain the importance of tolerant behaviours such as sharing and respecting other’s opinions.  


  • We promote diverse attitudes and challenge stereotypes, for example, sharing stories that reflect and value the diversity of children’s experiences and providing resources and activities that challenge gender, cultural and racial stereotyping. 


  • Our behaviour policy has high achievable expectations of conduct and this is shared with all children daily.

  • Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs is promoted through the planning for Religious events, free use of equipment that reflects various faiths and cultures as well as visual materials, books and activities. 

  • We promote learning about different religions, their beliefs, places of worship and festivals.

  • Special events are held celebrating significant religious festivals such as Ramadan and Diwali where guest speakers, staff and children are invited to share their beliefs and traditions.