Behaviour Management

Laws that the procedures follow: Childrens Act 2004

We believe that children and adults flourish best in a happy and safe 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.

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 pre-school and explained to all newcomers, both children and adults.

All adults within the pre school will be consistent in the application of these rules, so that the children know what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour.

All adults will try to provide a positive model for the children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy. Staff and other adults in the setting will follow the Code of Conduct.

Adults in the pre-school will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.

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

When children do behave in unacceptable ways:

Physical punishment, such as smacking, will be neither used nor threatened.

Children are given 3 warnings to correct their unwanted behavior, in the unlikely event that they continue with their unwanted behavior, an appropriate time out and reflection method is used depending on the child.

In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as physical or racial abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately by means of explanation followed by time out as detailed above.

In any case of misbehaviour it will be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child who is unwelcome.

Children who have not had any time out are rewarded with a sticker at the end of the session.

Adults in the pre-school will make themselves aware of, and respect, a range, of cultural explanations regarding interactions between people.

Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual childrens level of understanding and maturity.

Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole pre-school, 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 child’s additional needs.

“Corporal punishment (smacking, slapping, cuffing, and shaking) is illegal and must not be used in pre-school.  The sanctions applied in cases of unacceptable behaviour must take account of the age and stage of development of the child, be given at the time of behaviour and be fair.  It is permissible to take necessary action in an emergency to prevent personal injury or serious damage to property.”

Schedule of Conditions – Playgroups (15.00)
Imposed by virtue of the Children’s Act 1989

Our discipline policy is based on a positive relationship between children and staff with an emphasis on praise.

It is our objective to develop self-respect and self-discipline as well as tolerance and respect for others.


Where misbehavior does occur, children are spoken to appropriately and the correct behaviour explained.

Where misbehavior reoccurs ‘time out’ is given with an adult present so the child doesn’t feel excluded.  The child is removed from a particular activity. Children are then encouraged to think about why they are there.  They are explained to why they were sat there and encouraged to give an apology.

Where an incident has occurred between them and another child, the incident book will be filled in by staff and signed for by the parent at the end of session.

Where there is serious misbehavior concern is expressed to parents.

Named Behavior Management Person is: – Wendy Ridgeway