Behaviour management policy


Statement of intent

Our pre-school believes that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave and should be free to play and learn without fear of being hurt or unfairly restricted by anyone else. 



We aim to provide an environment in which there is acceptable behaviour and where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their environment.



·         We have a named person who has overall responsibility for issues concerning behaviour. Julie Skipp

·         We require the named person to:

-           keep her/himself up-to-date with legislation and research and thinking on handling children's behaviour;

-           access relevant sources of expertise on handling children's behaviour; and

-                      check that all staff have relevant in-service training on handling children's behaviour.

·         We require all staff, volunteers and students to provide a positive model of behaviour by treating children, parents and one another with friendliness, care and courtesy.

·         We require all staff, volunteers and students to use positive strategies for handling any conflict by helping children find solutions in ways which are appropriate for the children's ages and stages of development - for example distraction, praise and reward.

·         We familiarise new staff and volunteers with the pre-school's behaviour policy and its rules for behaviour.

·         We expect all members of the pre-school - children, parents, staff, volunteers and students - to keep to the rules, requiring these to be applied consistently.

·         We praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.

·         We avoid creating situations in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.

·         We recognise that codes for interacting with other people vary between cultures and require staff to be aware of - and respect - those used by members of the pre-school.

·         When children behave in unacceptable ways, we help them to see what was wrong and how to cope more appropriately.

·         We never send children out of the room by themselves.

·         We never use physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking. Children are never threatened with these.

·         We do not use techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children.

·         We only use physical restraint, such as holding, to prevent physical injury to themselves, other children or adults and/or damage to property.  Details of such an event (what happened, what action was taken and by whom, and the names of witnesses) are brought to the attention of our pre-school leader and are recorded in our Incident Book.  A parent is informed on the same day and signs the Incident Book to indicate that he/she has been informed. It should never be used as a punishment.

·         If “Time Out” is used, where children displaying unwanted behaviour are temporary removed from the situation, they should never be left on their own and periods of time should not exceed a few minutes.

In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, we make clear immediately the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes, by means of explanations rather than personal blame.

·         We do not shout or raise our voices in a threatening way to respond to children's behaviour.

·         We handle children's unacceptable behaviour in ways which are appropriate to their ages and stages of development - for example by distraction, discussion or by withdrawing the child from the situation.

·         We work in partnership with children's parents.  Parents are regularly informed about their children's behaviour by the supervisor. 

·         We work with parents to address recurring unacceptable behaviour, using objective observation records to help us to understand the cause and to decide jointly how to respond appropriately.

·         Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child's special needs.



Bullying involves the persistent physical or verbal abuse of another child or children. We take bullying very seriously.


If a child bullies another child or children:

·         we intervene to stop the child harming the other child or children;

·         we explain to the child doing the bullying why her/his behaviour is inappropriate;

·         we give reassurance to the child or children who have been bullied;

·         we help the child who has done the bullying to say sorry for her/his actions;

·         we make sure that children who bully receive praise when they display acceptable behaviour;

·         we do not label children who bully;

·         when children bully, we discuss what has happened with their parents and work out with them a plan for handling the child's behaviour; and

·         when children have been bullied, we share what has happened with their parents, explaining that the child who did the bullying is being helped to adopt more acceptable ways of behaving.


This policy was originally adopted at a meeting of Winyates Playgroup Pre-school



Held on (date)            


Julie Skipp

Signed on behalf of the pre-school