Behaviour Management Policy


We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered 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:

  • The pre-school/club has a clear set of rules to follow.
  • The rules will be explained to all newcomers, both children and adults.
  • All adults will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that the children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour. There will be a clear set of consequences.
  • Each child will start each day with a clean slate.
  • All adults will try to be a positive role model for the children, with regards to friendliness, care and courtesy.
  • Adults will praise and endorse desirable behaviour, such as kindness towards others and a willingness to share.
  • We will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.


When children behave in unacceptable ways


  • Physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will be neither used nor threatened.
  • Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children will not be used.
  • Children who misbehave will be given the necessary adult support appropriate for their age and stage of development, to determine what was wrong and work towards a better pattern. On rare occasions this might be achieved by a period of time out for the child or exclusion from a particular favoured activity for one session but will be appropriate according to the child’s age and stage of development.  Time out is used to calm down the child and to help them to talk through and reflect on their actions/behaviour. This will be done sensitively with the child’s key person. Where the clean slate policy appears not to be effective, the exclusion from a particular favoured activity will be extended for a longer period, possibly up to one week, which will be discussed with parents.
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanation rather than personal blame.
  • In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child/children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome.
  • Adults will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way.
  • Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity.
  • Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole Pre-school/club, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records, to establish an understanding of the cause. Parents will be asked to come into the setting purely to observe their own child’s interaction in the setting, both with their peers and any adults who work in the setting. This will be for a specified number of sessions, agreed on by the manager, the parents and the child’s key worker. After this, a review meeting will be held, to discuss the way forward. In extreme circumstances the behaviour coordinator and SENCO will discuss if it will be necessary to call in expert advice from an outside agency, with the parent’s permission.
  • In certain circumstances the manager has the right to send home a child during a session should their behaviour necessitate such action.
  • Adults will need to be made aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs.


Anti-bullying policy

All undesirable behaviour will be dealt with according to each individual’s age and stage of development.

The Majority of our children are well behaved. As part of our discipline code we attempt to recognise and reward good behaviour.

In the case of abusive, racist remarks, or violence, the behaviour will be challenged immediately, recorded on an incident form and will be reported to the parents of the children involved and the chairperson. If it is deemed serious, the chairperson has the right to exclude the child from the pre-school/club.

Our co-ordinator for racial equality is Julie Nicholls.


In recognition of good behaviour

In recognition of good behaviour rewards will be given. These rewards may include:

Stickers or stars



Small pocket sized toys


Extra time at a favourite activity

Individual responsibility, when and where appropriate.


All staff working at the pre-school are expected to deal with challenging behaviour issues in a calm and consistent manner. Regular training regarding behaviour management is on offer to all staff and is reviewed on an annual basis.



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