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Behaviour Management Policy

All children have the right to be cared for in a happy environment.  It is important to ensure that all children know what is expected of them and what the boundaries are.  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 and I am consistent in enforcing them. 

I will ensure that:

  • what I expect from the children is reasonable and achievable, depending on their age and understanding
  • I make myself clear explaining what behaviour was unacceptable and why
  • I am a good role model
  • I listen to what the children have to say
  • I reward good behaviour
  • physical punishment or threat of physical punishment is not used, including smacking
  • physical restraint is not used unless it is necessary to prevent damage to themselves; other people or property.  Parents will be informed should this happen

There are several ways to deal with a child who is misbehaving.  I will use different ones depending on the age/stage of ability of the child and the situation:

  • Distract the child from the situation and give them an alternative activity/toy/book. 
  • Offer them a sticker, if they stop the unwanted behavior.
  • Ignore the bad behaviour (depending on the situation) as it is being done to get a reaction.
  • If the child can understand, I will discuss their behaviour and try to get them to understand the consequences of their actions on others. I will tell them that it is their behaviour that I do not like, not them.
  • Shake my head/finger and frown for a younger child using a different tone of voice rather than lots of words.
  • Time Out. Removing the child from the activity and sitting them quietly for a few minutes.

I will never smack, shake or hurt your child. I will not humiliate your child.

If a child misbehaves, I will let you know when you collect your child. 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.  I will work with them to develop strategies to help them deal with the reasons why the incident took place or was about to take place.  Please see Physical Intervention Information for Parents for more details.

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.