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Managing Behaviour

The guide is to give you information on our behaviour policy & procedures which have been put together using the " ABC, Behaviour as you like it and what to do when things go wrong" booklets produced by Surrey County Council as well as advice and knowledge given by the Early Years Childcare Service Professionals.

Below is an extract.  You can obtain the full guide from your local nursery.

This guide gives a brief outline of our behaviour policies and procedures as well as a aid to parents.
In addition, we also have a seperate biting policy.

Why do Children Misbehave?

Children misbehave because they have not yet learnt how to react to feelings and needs in acceptable ways.
The most common needs and feelings that can trigger unacceptable behaviour are -

Attention, Boredom, Curiosity, Imitation,
Self- preservation, Independence,
Anger, Frustration, Anxiety, Fear,
Excitement, Anticipation

Behaviour is learnt
Behaviour can change
Rewards work better than punishments
Practice makes perfect
Consistency is the key
Never assume that a child misbehaves intentionally.

Our children are very young and may not have learnt what appropriate behaviour is yet. Children need to know what we want them to do and it is important that we tell them what we want them to do rather than what we don't want them to do. Behaviour will be repeated if the underlying children's needs remain unmet.

Our 10 Golden Rules

We implement these golden rules everyday with children of all ages

1) Building children's 5 'C

These are the 5 key characteristics that we are aiming to develop which underpin good behaviour
Confidence, Communication, Cooperation, Curiosity, Concentration

2) Promote Positive Behaviour

For children to co-operate with routines and expected behaviour we need to promote positive behaviour by:
Being a good role model, Giving lots of praise
Being consistent, Distract them
Catch them being good, Give warnings
Plan ahead, Swap bad news for good
Positive body language, Have clear boundaries

Want to know more? The full guide is available from your local nursery.