Children need to have consistent rules and boundaries to learn and accept appropriate behaviour. Caregivers play a role by ensuring this consistency is evident to minimise confusion. No child will be subjected to, physical ill treatment. In guiding or controlling a child no child will be subjected to solitary confinement, immobilisation, or deprivation of food, drink, warmth, shelter or protection.
To provide an environment where all children learn the same rules and boundaries so that a safe and happy environment is provided for learning and meeting the legal requirements for the Pre School.
1. We believe that child management should be positive and clearly defined at the same time individual children’s needs should be met. Consistent boundaries and rules are important for the children to feel safe and happy. Staff will be aware that the tone of their voice may have an impact on resolving the behaviour.
2. We believe it is important to recognise and praise good behaviour. The programme should be stimulating and challenging so that children will be busy and happy.
3. Respect for children as individuals is important for emotional development, and recognising positive behaviour should demonstrate this.
4. Staff will have knowledge about child development and its implications for children’s behaviour individually and collectively.
5. Staff will remind children of the rules and let them know when their behaviour is becoming unacceptable and the consequences if it continues. e.g. removing the child from the area for a short time. Aggressive behaviour will be discussed with the child and they will be shown that this type of behaviour is not appropriate. Where the child is able Caregivers will discuss the reasons why and allow the child to suggest alternative ways to deal with the problem. Where children are too young to do this they will be re-directed after being shown that it is not appropriate behaviour, and why.
6. Staff acknowledge that Parents/Caregivers strategies may differ from Centre Policy but will discuss practices and methods that will help to achieve the goals for the child, Through a team meeting.
7. Teachers recognise the need for consistency in dealing with all inappropriate behaviours.
8. We are a “no hitting’ zone. This applies to children, teachers, parents, and visitors to the centre.
9. Staff will communicate their concerns of on-going aggressive behaviour to Parents/Caregivers and work out strategies with them to ensure consistency. If necessary Management will seek assistance from appropriate professional services in consultation with Parents and Caregivers.
Date approved: 12/2013
Review date: 12/2014