Behaviour management

We believe children flourish best in an environment when they know how they are expected to behave and are free from the fear of being hurt or hindered, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. We believe in praising the positive rather than drawing attention to the negative, and know that children thrive on praise. We therefore make it our policy to commend children whenever appropriate.

We have some illustrated “Pals Rules” which helps the children gain awareness of some things we shouldn’t do and why. We frequently discuss our rules with the children and they contribute what they feel is important.

We acknowledge that every child is an individual and as such, any behavioural problems will be dealt with appropriately respecting individual children’s levels of understanding and maturity. We are aware that some behaviour is linked to developmental milestones.

Our objective is to help children develop self-discipline, be well-matured, well-adjusted and able to think for themselves. We therefore value the children’s role within the setting and include them in our discussions of rules and boundaries taking their views into account when forming our guidance.

 Children need to know what is expected of them in order to learn the boundaries of acceptable behaviour. Rules regarding behaviour will be explained to the children and applied consistently.  We actively support the children to gain an understanding of their own feelings, often using our feelings puppets when talking to them about how things make us feel. We encourage them to explore both their own and others feelings thereby expanding their understanding of what makes us happy, sad or angry and how we can deal with such feelings.

We believe that children learn by example, and therefore staff will always model good behaviour by showing respect for one another, the children and our environment. Staff also use please and thank you when in conversation with others.

When necessary, one to one support is given to help the child have an awareness of the boundaries set and the expectations within the setting. Diversion, distraction or negotiation rather than confrontation are used.  Praise rather than criticism is given whenever possible. We strive to accentuate positive aspects of behaviour not negative, so that there is no risk of children receiving adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.  If a child’s actions are hazardous to the other children then

he may if necessary be given ‘time out’ for a few minutes. During this time, they will be spoken to and reminded of the rules and boundaries within the setting.

Staff will not shout at a child, unless it is imperative get his attention immediately: neither will they handle roughly or undermine any child. Physical punishment of any sort is absolutely forbidden, as is humiliating or frightening a child. We consistently commend good behaviour, and very often find this to be the best ‘discipline’! 

Consistent behavioural problems would be discussed with parents and a mutual plan of action agreed.  Teresa Robinson is the member of staff responsible for our behaviour management policy and procedures.  As part of her role she will make sure that new staff are aware of our behaviour management policy and liaise with parents if necessary.