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.
How do we achieve this?
- All adults in our settings provide positive role models for the children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy.
- We ensure children have a positive sense of themselves and are able to recognise the need to develop social skills.
- Each member of staff is informed of individual’s behaviour and the behaviour management plan that is put in place for them, as well as parents of the individuals.
- All the adults in our nurseries ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect, enabling them to build up useful habits of behaviour.
- Activities and role modeling are planned to promote self confidence and awareness, feelings and behaviour management. Children are also encouraged to build relationships with adults and their peers.
- All the adults in the nursery praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.
- Our staff only give attention in return for good behaviour. Staff are always reinforcing positive behaviour.
What happens when a child behaves in an unacceptable way?
- They will be given one to one support with a member of staff, this will be used as ‘reflection’ time.
- Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves.
- Staff will never use physical or corporal punishment, nor is there such thing as a naughty chair or time out step!
- Our staff will never use personal blame. They will explain to children the unacceptability of their behaviour and attitude.
- All the adults are aware that they mustn’t ever shout or raise their voices.
- Staff will work with children to solve their differences and will always present themselves as positive role models.
- Our staff will never label children and will always respect each child’s level of understanding and development. Staff will use behaviour management that coincides with this.
- Physical restraint will ONLY ever be used in nursery if a child is at risk of harming themselves, other children and staff or causing serious damage to property. Only trained staff are able to carry out physical restraint and managers and parents must be informed immediately if this has needed to happen.
- Members of staff will carry out observations on children to pin point triggers for misbehaviour. They can then draw up a behaviour plan that will be followed by each member of staff in our nursery. Parents agreement must be pursued before this can happen.
- Our staff will try their best to work as closely with parents as they can. It is important staff and parents are consistent in their approach.