PROMOTING POSITIVE BEHAVIOUR
We believe that children flourish best in an environment where everyone knows what is expected of them. All staff have attended or will attend within the first 6 months of their employment promoting positive behaviour run by West Sussex County Council. We aim to work towards an environment in which children can develop self-esteem and self-discipline in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement. In order to achieve this:
The following are specific procedures used by an adult if a child has harmed another:
DO NOT TELL THE CHILD THEY NEED TO SAY SORRY. IF THEY WISH TO THEN THIS IS OK, YOU ARE MODELING THE SORRY FOR THE CHILD THAT IS HURT SO THEY WILL STILL BE COMFORTED WITH YOUR APOLOGY.
The following are specific strategies used to teach children how to join in with others or change activity.
Look out for children approaching others activities and try to model language that they can pick up as well as explaining to the other children what is happening. We need to teach the children the language they need to express what they want in an acceptable way. By working on the strategies below we can help them achieve this.
We ask the child "Do you want to play? What do you think you could do to show the children that you want to play?" If the child does not have any suggestions or their attempt has been unsuccessful the following are some good examples to help;
If you can predict that a child may be loosing concentration or had enough of an activity try to help them express their needs eg; Have you had enough? Do you want to play somewhere else? Have you finished?
If a child is doing something inappropriate eg running inside/throwing then try to help them express their feelings eg; you look like you need to run lets go outside, you look like you are fed up shall we read a book/ play with something else etc.
When children behave in unacceptable ways:
Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole group in partnership with the child's parents using observation records to establish an understanding of the cause. Any occasion where physical intervention is used to manage a child's behaviour will be recorded and parents will be informed of it on the same day.
Expectations of parents, carers and visitors to the group
Promoting positive behaviour extends beyond our expectations of staff and children in the group. At Crocodoodle Creative Pre-school we strongly believe that children should always be in an environment which demonstrates mutual respect for each other. With this in mind we expect parents, carers and visitors to work with us to ensure that we demonstrate friendliness and courtesy towards each other at all times. We will not tolerate the use of raised voices, inappropriate language or aggressive behaviour from anyone.
Any parent, carer or visitor who does not work with us in accordance with this policy or displays any of the above behaviour will be asked to leave the building and failure to do so may result in a Manager calling the police. In the event that a parent, carer or visitor wishes to speak to the managers, the managers reserve the right to offer this outside pre-school hours at a mutually agreed time.
In the event of a parent, carer or visitor breaching the above policy the management reserves the right to withdraw the child's place; as it is paramount that parents, carers and visitors and all pre-school staff work in atmosphere of mutual respect to ensure the best outcomes for the children.
Our named positive behaviour manager is Hollie Hadfield.
POLICY REVIEWED JULY 2018- NEXT REVIEW DUE JULY 2019