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Behaviour and Discipline Policy

Aims and expectations

This policy is designed to promote good behaviour, rather than merely deter anti-social behaviour.  It is the primary aim of All Saints Pre School that every member of the Pre School feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, whose values are built on mutual trust and respect for all. The Pre Schools behaviour policy is therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the Pre School can live and work together in a supportive way. It seeks to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure and to support the key aims outlined below:

At All Saints Pre School we believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment 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, where their respect for others ensures everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their learning in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

Julie Ryder is the person responsible for behaviour management issues.

In order to achieve this at All Saints:

  • Different ways of dealing with unsociable behaviour are used and this is regularly discussed and agreed within the Pre School, and explained to all newcomers, both children and adults.
  • Every morning during ‘welcome time’ we ask the children – ‘what do we have to remember’ this gives them the opportunity to feed back the Pre School’s rules such as, ‘no pushing’, ‘no hitting’ etc.  This is supported by ‘ice pics’ so all children are able to understand.

Appropriate methods are implemented to manage children’s behaviour including distraction, praise and reward and excellent Pre School- home links.

  • Children are given 3 opportunities to show appropriate behaviour. In the unlikely situation of this unwanted behaviour continuing they are given a period of ‘Time out’ with an adult.  The parents would be informed if the inappropriate behaviour was continual at the end of the session.
  • All adults caring for children at the Pre School will ensure that the ideas of the Pre School are applied consistently, so those children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour. It has to be remembered that we are not born knowing how to share and play co-operatively and the children need not only to be told but also to learn by example.
  • In case of serious behaviour such as acts of violence towards another child or a member of staff, an immediate ‘time out will be given’ and, the unacceptability of the behaviour will be made clear.  This will be reported to the parents if it is continual and gives cause for concern.
  • Racial or other abuse will be dealt with by means of explanations rather than personal blame.  This would be explained to parents at the end of the session.
  • All adults will be a positive role model for children with regard to friendliness, care and courtesy. We praise the children constantly for positive behaviour. The Pre School expects every member of their community to behave in a considerateway towards others.
  • In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question it is that the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome and words such as naughty will not be used.
  • Adults in the Pre School will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share. The nursery uses reward stickers for good/kind behaviour.
  • Adults will not raise their voice in a threatening way and never call a child naughty.  As a team we will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.
  • Adults in the Pre School will make themselves aware of, and respect, a range of cultural expectations regarding interactions between people.

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

Any problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity. If a child smacks or hurts another child or adult, a member of staff will explain to the child what they have done wrong and they will be given a ‘time out’ as stated previously.

We always encourage children to say they are sorry. Children will never be sent out of the room or left unattended in any situation.  A minute timer will be used and the ‘time out’ will be a minute for each year the child is.

Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Pre School, in partnership with children and parents using objective observations and a behaviour record sheet to establish an understanding of the cause.

Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as a ‘naughty chair’ will not be used.

Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a special need.  To support this, practitioners may implement an individual education plan (IEP), which will be put together by the SENCO and the child’s key worker and in some cases the area SENCO and they will be given one to one support and work together to resolve behaviour issues.

Children will be constantly reassured that they are always valued as individuals even if their behaviour may be unacceptable. We work together to solve any problems.

Physical punishment such as smacking or shaking will never be used nor threatened.

A child may need to be restrained if they are having a temper tantrum or if a member of staff felt that the child was in danger to themselves or others. The parents would be informed of this action at the end of the session.

This policy aims to help children grow in a safe and secure environment, and to become positive, responsible and increasingly independent members of the Pre School community.

The Pre School rewards good behaviour, as it believes that this will develop an ethos of kindness and cooperation.

The role of parents

The Pre School collaborates actively with parents, so that children receive consistent messages about how to behave at home and at school.

Monitoring and review

The Pre School manager will monitor the effectiveness of this policy on a regular basis with the team and, if necessary, make recommendations for further improvements.

The Pre School keeps a record concerning individual incidents of misbehaviour for key children. The Pre School practitioners will record all incidents and report this to the Pre School Manager. The team record those incidents on a ‘behaviour record sheet’ when a child is showing repetitive signs of bad behaviour. This is then shared daily at the end of the session with the child’s parents of a child who is being monitored in respect of behaviour issues.  These sheets are kept on the child’s individual file.