British Values are defined as:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Equal opportunity for all
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and religions


We support this at Douglas Valley by encouraging and supporting children to:

  • Be honest
  • Be friendly
  • Trust people
  • Appreciate what we have
  • Keep on trying
  • Be kind
  • Understand that sometimes we are the same and sometimes we are different
  • Share and take turns
  • Take responsibility
  • Be fair


We do this by:

  • Promoting inclusivity
  • Using the key person system to create warm trusting relationships between children and adults working in the nursery
  • Staff role modelling positive social, moral and cultural values and supporting parents to do the same
  • Having a focus on personal, social and emotional development to develop children’s confidence, self esteem and independence
  • Encouraging and supporting children to work together in groups so they can learn to be with and play with others
  • Supporting children to develop the characteristics of effective learning which enables children to begin to become self reflective and consider how they should behave
  • Having a positive approach to behaviour management which reinforces positive behaviour
  • Using books and popular culture to share and discuss value based messages
  • Using first hand experiences and everyday events to promote positive values e.g. comforting a child who is upset
  • Developing children’s understanding of our school community and the community they live and how people are sometimes the same and sometimes different
  • Introducing children to cultural and religious practices and events in a way that is meaningful for them