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:

  • Crocodoodle Creative Pre-school writes some clear simple rules with the children (called promises) that all the children will be aware of once these have been decided on.
  • All adults in the group will ensure that the pre-school rules are applied consistently so that the children have security.
  • All adults will provide a positive role model demonstrating friendliness, care and courtesy.
  • Adults in the group will praise desirable behaviour i.e. kindness and willingness to share.
  • Children are encouraged to use sand timers to take turns and share resources.
  • The following are specific procedures used by an adult if a child has harmed another:

  • Say STOP and use your hand to sign stop.
  • Get down to hurt child's level and say "I'm sorry you have been hurt".
  • Comfort the child. If needed explain that the other child may come and say sorry when they are ready to or explain that we are still teaching some of the children how to say sorry.
  • Once the child that harmed is calm say ... was feeling sad because... What could you do to make them feel better?
  • Follow this through if there is a suggestion from the child.
  • PRAISE the child for any attempt to make things better.

  • The following are the specific procedures used by an adult and that children are encouraged to use in the case of conflict resolution:

  • Stop
  • Listen to each other
  • Think about solutions
  • Do what you have agreed
  • Tell an adult if it worked
  • 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;

  • Please could I have a turn?
  • Please can I play with you?
  • Can we use the sand timer to take turns?
  • You could teach the child "one for you and one for you"
  • Say to the group " ..... has come to play Would you like some playdough? Shall we find some playdough for ....."
  • We could ask "will you share that?" If the response is negative "OK I'll get the timer to help then"
  • 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:

  • No physical punishment will be used or threatened
  • Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves
  • Children will be given one to one adult support to help them see that it is the behaviour that is unacceptable and not the child.
  • In the case of serious misbehaviour such as racial abuse and bullying, the unacceptability of the behavior will be made clear immediately but by means of explanation rather than personal blame. Any incident of racial abuse or bullying will be taken seriously, monitored and recorded by staff. Parents will always be informed.
  • Adults will not shout or raise their voices in a threatening way.
  • Adults will be aware of and respect cultural differences.
  • Adults will be aware that a child's behaviour may be a result of his/her additional needs.
  • 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.