All children have the right to be cared for in a happy environment, therefore, it is important to ensure that all children know what is expected of them what the boundaries are. In order to achieve this, I have some house rules which set reasonable and appropriate limits to help manage the behaviour of the children. I help the children understand my house rules, which are realistic and I am consistent in enforcing them.
I will ensure that:
There are several ways to deal with a child who is misbehaving and I will use different ones depending on the age/stage of ability of the child and the situation:
I will never smack, shake or hurt your child. I will not humiliate your child.
If a child misbehaves I will let you know by either texting you or by ringing you later after collection. Some children can become upset if the incident is retold in front of them. I will also inform you of how the matter was dealt with. In most cases the matter will not require any further action, punishing a child hours after an incident achieves nothing but confusion and upset.
There may be times when I will need to physically intervene or restrain a child to prevent or stop an incident taking place, this could be when I child is, has or is about to scratch, bite or hit another child or run into a road etc. Please see Physical Intervention Information for Parents for more details.
I will explain to the child, according to their age and understanding that their actions are unacceptable behaviour. For younger child this may be by my tone of voice and facial expressions rather than lots of words.
It may be necessary for me to exclude the child from an activity and use time out, I will also encourage the child to apologise to the other child and work with them to develop strategies to help them deal with the reasons why the incident took place or was about to take place.
If you have any concerns regarding the managing of your child’s behaviour, please do not hesitate to contact me. It is important that we work together on managing behaviour in order not to confuse your child.