BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT POLICY AND PRACTICE
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 a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.
The Behaviour Management coordinator for this setting is the Day Care Manager
In order to achieve this:
* All adults will try to provide a positive model for the children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy and to offer strategies for handling any conflict.
* Rules governing the conduct of the group and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed within the pre-school and explained to all newcomers, both children and adults.
*All adults in the setting will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, and they will do this after reading this policy and following these statements, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour.
*Adults in the setting will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as 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.
Procedures for when children behave in unacceptable ways:
*All employees are required to adhere to the Behaviour Management Strategies
*They will be given one-to-one adult support in the form of talking in a low toned
voice to help the child to see what was wrong and how to cope more appropriately.
*Where appropriate, this might be accomplished by a period of “time out” with other adults or children or in the same room and away from the situation.
*Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves or sat in a corner or on a ‘naughty chair‘.
* Physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will neither be used nor threatened.
*Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children will not be used.
* Physical manhandling such as dragging or pulling a child across a room will not be used
*Physical restraint, such as holding, will be used only to prevent personal injury to children or adults and/or serious damage to property. Any significant event of this sort will be recorded, and the parent informed the same day.
* In cases of serious unacceptable behaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately by means of explanations and activities rather than personal blame.
* In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome.
* Adults will not shout or raise their voices in a threatening way.
* Adults in the setting will make themselves aware of, and respect, a range of cultural expectations regarding interactions between people.
* Discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated, and staff will undergo Disciplinary Procedures on the grounds of Gross Misconduct if they display this type of unacceptable behaviour.
*Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity.
* Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole setting, 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 special needs and will make provisions for this.
This policy will be reviewed annually by the Day Care Manager