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Behaviour Management Policy

Behaviour Management Policy

This policy represents the agreed principles for behaviour throughout the Nursery. All Nursery staff representing Little Explorers Day Nursery has agreed this policy.

It is the primary aim of Little Explorers Day Nursery that every child and adult feels respected and supported. We believe that all children are entitled to be cared for in an environment in which they feel safe, therefore we aim to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, valued and secure.

Aims and Values

Personal, Social and Emotional Development is a core element of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS states that “children must be provided with support which will help them to develop a positive sense of themselves and of others; respect for others; social skills and a positive disposition to learn.”

We are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers in supporting children’s development in all areas, including behaviour and we take into account children’s age and stage of development. We recognise that there may be different expectations for children’s behaviour at home and at nursery. We therefore work closely with parents/carers to explain the ways in which we promote positive behaviour and to explain the ways we can work together to promote the same message to children.

At Little Explorers Day Nursery we aim to ensure the individual needs of all children are met by providing clear, consistent and developmentally appropriate expectations for behaviour through:

  • Respect: to encourage all children to have respect for themselves, for other people (their feelings, beliefs and values) and for the nursery environment including equipment and property.
  • Understanding and compassion: to help children to understand other people’s views and experiences and to be caring and tolerant towards others.
  • Responsibility: to enable children to have an increasing ability to make choices and to take responsibility for their own actions. In particular we help children to develop an understanding of the consequences of their behaviour.
  • Fairness and equality: to give children an understanding of how to be fair to all: how to share and give everyone an equal chance (within the context of everyone having different needs). All staff will demonstrate this behaviour in their actions also.
  • Kindness: to promote acts of kindness to each other and to assist children in ways of being gentle towards each other.
  • Support and the use of positive reinforcement: to acknowledge considerate behaviour, reinforcing positive behaviour developing children’s confidence and self-esteem. 

In order to promote “good behaviour” we will;

  • As adults, model acceptable behaviour, language and communication at all times.
  • Encourage;
    • Good listening
    • Good looking
    • Kind hands and feet
    • Sharing and taking turns
    • Respect each other, their teachers and nursery resources and equipment

We can do this through circle time, snack/meal times, outdoor play, free play and promoting the children’s sticker chart and achievement board.

Examples of Behaviour and Strategies

Children display a range of behaviours at different stages of their development and in particular when they are new to a nursery environment. Staff may be expected to deal with behaviour, such as inappropriate shouting out, having a ‘tantrum’, snatching and walking away at tidy-up time etc. intervention will be low key and may include one of the following:

  • Using a positive statement, e.g. “Please remember to walk inside”
  • Explaining any concerns e.g. “if you lean back on your chair you may fall over”
  • Giving choices
  • Having a group discussion or circle time about controlling behaviour, using visual aids

Staff will deal with more challenging behaviour by:

  • Labelling the behaviour not the child, e.g. saying “I don’t like it when…” or “It’s not okay to…”
  • Using non-confrontational language, e.g. “When sand is thrown…” instead of “When YOU throw sand…”

Where behavioural difficulties continue, parent/carers will be further invited into the setting to talk with relevant staff. By working together home and nursery will explore possible underlying causes and share positive strategies in order to ensure a consistent approach between setting and home. An action plan will be shared, agreed and reviewed to monitor outcomes.

All practitioners will follow the same Behaviour Management Routine to create consistency and continuity.

Step 1 – Take child / children out of the situation where the incident occurred.

Step 2 – Sit the child in a safe area.

Step 3 – Adult to focus ALL attention on the child that has been hurt or upset.

Step 4 – Turn back to the child and explain why it is wrong to be unkind and explain the repercussions of their actions.

Step 5 – To encourage a hug.

Step 6 – To allow child to go back to their activity.

Positive Reinforcements

Positive reinforcement in the form of praise and encouragement is practiced.

Staff will usually respond to behaviour incidents immediately as they occur during the day and then the episode is over. We encourage children to tell us of any incidents they encounter. We build up good relationships with parents and carers giving them support and strategies when necessary. 

Our practice:

  • Talk to the children at their level and use a calm and friendly tone of voice.
  • Offer praise, encouragement and rewards when necessary.
  • Staff members will always use positive language during activities and throughout the day.
  • We will work closely with all parents and carers to share ideas and create achievable boundaries to coincide between home and nursery. This allows the children and parents to feel comfortable in both settings.
  • When dealing with repeated behaviour incidents, we may feel the need to use regular observation and distraction.

*At Little Explorers Day Nursery we endeavour to consistently respect the individual child by speaking to them in a calm and appropriate manor, sitting with the child for ‘Time to think’, show understanding of the situation and show compassion to each child.

 Corporal punishment will not be given to a child for whom we provide early years provision. We will not use or threaten corporal punishment or any form of punishment which could have an adverse impact on the child’s well-being. 

We have a named person with overall responsibility for behaviour management. The named person is Charlotte Whittaker (Lead) and Sophie Robinson (Deputy) supported by Amy Cooper (Manager).

*in extreme circumstances we may have to inforce a ‘Reduced Time Table’ or a change of setting. All options will be discussed prior to a decision being made.


Little Explorers Day Nursery Ofsted Inspection Report 2017