british values

In accordance with The Department for Education we actively promote British values to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. Children are encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and tolerance and understand that while different people may hold different views about what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, all people living in England are subject to its law.


The Department for Education define British values as having 5 different elements:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

The promotion of British values and ethos is a key part of our Discovery Nursery & Pre-School life. They are embedded into our teaching and learning and the wider nursery community. We actively promote British values in our approach to children, parents, the community, and other stakeholders.


We will actively challenge pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.


The following information highlights just a few of the ways that these values form part of our everyday school life.



In Discovery Nursery & Pre-School everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.


We support children's personal, social and emotional development (PSED) by giving them opportunities to develop their self-confidence and self-awareness, to make choices and decisions about what they want to explore and how they're going to use the resources we make accessible to them.


Children are actively encouraged to take turns, share, collaborate and make decisions together. These skills that are essential if children are to get on in an adult world


Another skill children learn is how to negotiate and collaborate with their friends. They develop trust in their friends and make decisions fairly. We foster an environment where children are safe to disagree with each other.


Rule of Law

This is about understanding that rules matter.


In Discovery Nursery & Pre-School we work with children to support them to manage their own feelings and behaviours. Children learn about right from wrong, about behaving within agreed and clearly defined developmentally appropriate boundaries and about dealing with consequences.


Individual Liberty

The remaining two values are both embedded within Personal, Social and Emotional Development and Understanding the World. For individual liberty we focus on children's self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities.


In Discovery Nursery & Pre-School we support children to develop a positive sense of themselves.  Every activity and interaction is designed to provide opportunities for children to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and increase their confidence in their own abilities, at their own pace.


During play we give the children time and space to explore the language of feelings and responsibility, reflect on their differences and understand that we are all free to have different opinions and ideas.


Mutual Respect

Mutual respect and tolerance is where we learn to treat others as we want to be treated. How to be part of a community, manage our feelings and behaviour, and form relationships with others.


In Discovery Nursery & Pre-School we have an ethos of inclusivity and tolerance, where all views, faiths, cultures and races are valued. We actively encourage our children and families to engage with their wider community


Tolerance of Different Faiths and Beliefs

In Discovery Nursery & Pre-School we support children to explore similarities and differences between themselves and others, among families, faiths, communities, cultures and traditions, and to share and discuss practices, celebrations and experiences.


We share special moments with our children's families and value and share their own unique celebrations.


We believe that if children see and hear the adults they love respecting other cultures, religions and values then this will have a significant, positive impact upon their own behaviour and overall development.


Final Thought


"Fundamental British values in our Discovery Nursery & Pre-School is about what we do and what we say every single day."


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Discovery Nursery/Pre-School Canvey Is

27 Vikings Way

Canvey Island



30 hours funding - we are pleased to offer 30 hours funded places to eligible children. More details can be found on our fees & funding page.

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