Behaviour Management – Policy and Practice
At Garden Cottage Nursery we believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards an environment in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem, in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.
In order to achieve this:
• rules governing the conduct of the group and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed within the nursery and explained to newcomers, both children and adults;
• all adults in the group will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up good habits of behaviour;
• all adults will provide a positive role model for children of friendliness, care and courtesy;
• adults in the group will praise desirable behaviour e.g. kindness and willingness to share;
• we will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour;
When children behave in unacceptable ways:
• physical punishment such as smacking or shaking will neither be used or threatened;
• children will never be sent out of the room by themselves;
• children who display inappropriate behaviour will be given one-to-one adult support in understanding the reasons behind their behavior and how to work towards a better pattern of behaviour. Children will be made aware that it is the behaviour which is unacceptable, not the child;
• in cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of this behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame;
• adults will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way;
• adults in the group will make themselves aware of, and respect, cultural differences;
• unacceptable behaviour will be handled in a developmentally appropriate way, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity;
• Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole group, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause. Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s additional needs.
Policy for Behaviour and Discipline
At Garden Cottage Nursery we have a high expectation of children’s achievement and behaviour, fostered in a calm, secure, caring environment, with a positive approach, giving praise and encouragement.
• We encourage children to be responsible for their own behaviour and actions towards self-discipline;
• We celebrate each other’s successes, however great or small;
• We aim to help children acquire a positive self-image, a pride in themselves, the work that they do and high self-esteem, through praise and encouragement;
• All adults will be a positive role model i.e. quiet voices, “please” and “thank you” as appropriate, to each other and to the children.
Unacceptable behaviour, may include: bullying of any description; rudeness to an adult/child, fighting of any description, hitting, kicking, punching, pinching, biting, physical or verbal intimidation, swearing/bad language
• Unacceptable behaviour will be discussed with the child/children, emphasising that it is the behaviour which is unacceptable, not the child;
• A positive approach will be taken when dealing with any unacceptable behaviour, with the child being redirected to an alternative activity, with an adult, after talking about the behaviour. Children will be expected to apologise to the recipient of any unacceptable behaviour, in whatever form deemed appropriate for the age of the child;
• Continued unacceptable behaviour will be discussed with the parent(s), for a consistent approach in dealing with it within the Nursery and at home. If necessary this will be noted in the Incident File.