POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Please note that due to frequent review, our policies and practices are subject to change.
As a result, the policies outlined may be changed at any time.
Behaviour Management Policy
We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else.
We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.
In order to achieve this,
- Rules governing the conduct of the group and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed by the staff of the pre-school and notified to all adults within the pre-school.
- Carers will be informed of our expectations of them.
- All adults in the pre-school will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up suitable habits of behaviour.
- All adults will provide a positive model for the children with regard to friendliness, care, good manners and courtesy.
- Adults in the pre-school will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.
- We will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in return for undesirable behaviour.
- When children behave in unacceptable ways Physical punishment, such as smacking or shaking, will be neither used nor threatened.
- Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves.
- Children who misbehave will be given, where possible, one-to-one adult support in seeing what was wrong and working towards a better pattern.
- Where appropriate this might be achieved by a period of ‘time out’ with an adult.
- In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as physical or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanation rather than personal blame.
- In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child or children in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome.
- Adults will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way, unless it is considered necessary to prevent an injury to a child.
- Any behaviour problems will be handled in a developmentally appropriate fashion, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity.
- Recurring problems will be tackled in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause.
- On any occasion where physical intervention is used to manage a child’s behaviour it will be recorded and parents/carers will be informed on the same day.
- Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s peculiar needs.
Health and Safety
The safety of young children entrusted to our care is of paramount importance.
Our School promotes a healthy lifestyle and a high standard of hygiene in its work with Children. We have a fully equipped sick bay which would be manned at all hours. Nevertheless, Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection, and to inform the School as to the nature of the infection so that the School can alert other parents (maintaining confidentiality) and make careful observation of any child who is unwell.
Parents are asked not to bring into School any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack. Parents are to immediately inform the School of any medical health conditions a child has prior to drop off.
Cuts or open sores whether on adults or children should be covered with sticking plasters or other dressings. In case of an emergency, parents bear financial responsibility if child is taken to a medical professional.