We aim to help children to develop self-discipline, the ability to deal with conflict and to have respect for others. Positive methods of guidance such as praise, encouraging children to talk over their problems, anticipation of and removal of, potential problems, or redirection are used.
If behaviour is not acceptable, the nearest member of staff will talk quietly to the child or children involved, attempt conflict mediation by listening to each child’s perspective of the issues and, if necessary, explain why the behaviour is unacceptable. If the children are unable to suggest a resolution, the adult will offer support and guidance. The child or children may be withdrawn from the situation and redirected to a different activity
We believe a consistent approach is best with children and in dealing with unacceptable behaviour. We operate a caring approach to encourage development of a child’s sense of right and wrong. Unnecessary comparison and direct criticism are avoided. Staff will not use practices that humiliate or frighten the children. Physical punishments are neither used, not threatened. Any physical intervention required in order preventing personal injury either to the child, other children, an adult or damage to property is permissible. Where this has proved necessary, it will be documented and the parents/carers will be informed of the incident on the day.
The Head teacher is responsible for behaviour management and will be made aware of any unacceptable behaviour. Parents will be informed of persistent bad behaviour.
In order to resolve conflicts between children, the following steps will be used:
- Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions.
- Place yourself between the children on their level.
- Use a calm voice and a gentle touch.
- Remain neutral rather than take sides
- Acknowledge children’s feelings
- “You look really upset”
- Let children know you need to hold any object in question
- Gather information
- “What’s the problem?”
- Restate the problem
- “So the problem is…”
- Ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together.
- “What can we do to solve the problem?”
- Encourage children to think of a solution.
- Be prepared to give follow-up support.
- “You solved the problem!”
- Stay near the children
Review date: September 2020