Our behaviour policy encourages children to choose positive actions. “Positive Behaviour” means that children are recognised for their efforts and staff try at all times to praise good behaviour. The emphasis is on promoting positive behaviour. Each child is regarded as an individual, but is also a member of a large social group. The staff encourage sharing and caring through positive reinforcement of behaviour. The staff act as positive role models imparting respect, consideration, responsibility and honesty. Any issues are discussed at Welcome Circle or Together Time. In this context children are introduced to the Golden Rules.
A child who misbehaves is given a safe choice to encourage a change in behaviour. If a child cannot make a choice sometimes a short time out ( with the visual support of a sand timer) to calm the child and then rejoining an activity when they are ready can help.
Where appropriate the staff may talk to the child to see if there is any particular reason for their behaviour. Where another child has been upset, staff would encourage some understanding of the hurt caused and suggest an apology. Where a child persistently misbehaves, staff will discuss the situation with the parents.
In consultation with the children we have created Golden Rules which help to keep our pre-school a happy place. We remind the children regularly about the values we want to promote in our pre school.
We try at all times to praise good behaviour. The Golden Rules are:
- We are kind and gentle to one another
- We use our walking feet
- We use our quiet voices
- We take care of things
- We listen to other people
- We share and take turns
If a child misbehaves we do the following:
- Remove the child from the immediate situation if possible.
- Talk to the child to see if there is any particular reason for their behaviour.
- Where another child has been upset, encourage some understanding of the hurt caused and suggest an apology.
- Where a child persistently misbehaves, the Pre School staff will discuss the situation with the parents.
Some examples of how we support our behaviour policy:
We encourage children to concentrate for a reasonable length of time in their chosen activity
When a child selects the baking activity they are encouraged to see the process through from start to finish.
Children are expected to sit at the snack table whilst eating and are encouraged to clear away and wash their own dishes.
Children are encouraged to use the toilets properly and always wash their hands afterwards.
Children will be encouraged to think about their safety when using large construction resources outside e.g. climb within their capabilities, look around when using wheeled equipment, be aware of own body space and others.