Promoting Positive Behaviour Policy


We value all children and adults and believe they flourish best in an 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-esteem and self-discipline in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.


In order to achieve this:


·         The manager has overall responsibility in ensuring all staff are working together to promote positive behaviour

·         We will try to promote a positive role 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 Ducklings and explained to all newcomers, both children and adults

·         We will ensure that rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour

·         We will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share, we may use stickers as a reward to and encourage the child to explain to their parent why they got the sticker.

·         We will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour


Some examples of undesirable behaviour we may see in our setting are:


·         Biting

·         Kicking

·         Scratching

·         Nipping

·         Shouting angrily

·         snatching

·         ETC


Some examples of behaviour we promote:


·         Sharing

·         Turn taking

·         kindness towards each other

·         understanding the needs of others


If children do behave in unacceptable:

·         Where possible the child/rens key worker will firstly deal with any undesirable behaviour and explain clearly to the child why the behaviour is unwelcome, suggest an appropriate way of dealing with the situation if it re-occurs. The child may need a period of “time out” before this discussion with an adult close by

·         children will never be sent out of the room by themselves

·         physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will neither be used nor threatened

·         techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as the “naughty chair” will not be used

·         Physical restraint, such as holding, will be used only to prevent personal injury to children/ adults/themselves/damage to property. Any significant event will be recorded and the parent will be informed the same day

·         In cases of serious misbehavior, such as racial, other abuse or bullying the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame

·         We will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way

·         We will make themselves aware of, respect a range of cultural expectations regarding interactions between people

·         Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole of Ducklings using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause

·         We will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special need

·         We will discuss recurring issues with parents and develop a consistent approach and common strategies with them


If children show desirable behaviour:


·         We will praise and encourage the child’s behaviour explaining why it was desirable rather than just saying well done or very good

·         We will encourage use of sharing by intervening when we anticipate there is likely to be an issue

·         We will use stickers as a reward

·         We may discuss with parents to further promote and boost the child’s self esteem and understanding of desirable behaviour


Written 03/05/09

Review   03/05/10


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