We believe that effective behaviour management is essential to create an environment where children have the confidence to express themselves and feel secure in the knowledge that they will be listened to by adults as well as by their peers.
The importance of our behaviour management policy
We believe that good behaviour management, put into practice, will enable our children at Chingford House School to develop self-confidence and feel positive about themselves. Children are given clear boundaries so that they can make choices about how to behave. In turn the children develop self-control and independence which helps to create a warm environment where children feel safe and secure. The culture of respect which is developed enables each child to reach their full potential, able to negotiate and resolve many of their own problems. Children at Chingford House School are ready to move on to the next stage in their education with the high self-esteem to meet the new challenges they will face.
Working together to create an effective behaviour policy
- Staff attend training courses regularly so that we are up to date with Early Years policy. The information is then shared during our staff meetings so that policy can be discussed together and any additions or amendments can be made if they are considered necessary.
- Any behaviour considered to be unacceptable is recorded in our “Incident Book” which is then shared with the parents/carers of the children involved.
- We work in partnership with parents/carers. Our belief at Chingford House School is that issues are resolved most effectively when parents/carers and ourselves find a solution together.
- We only use physical restraint, such as holding, to prevent physical injury to children or adults and /or serious damage to property. Details of such events are brought to the attention of the Manager and are recorded in our incident book, as mentioned above. A parent/carer is informed on the same day and signs the incident book to confirm that he/she has been informed.
Partnership with parents
Parents and carers are asked to read our behaviour policy before their child starts at Chingford House School. We then ask parents/carers to acknowledge this by signing in the appropriate place on the registration form. If we are unable to resolve behaviour issues by ourselves we invite parents/carers to a meeting. In this way we work out a strategy together and set a time to review the situation. Thereafter we hold regular meetings as long as deemed necessary.
Encourage good behaviour
All of the children are involved in group discussions with the aim of letting the children feel that they are part of our Behaviour Policy. We frequently have circle times with the children when we talk about how we would like to behave at Chingford House School. We reinforce this discussion by taking photographs of the children as they put their ideas into practice. These photographs are then displayed around the room and used for discussions with the children. In this way boundaries and guidelines are made clear for everyone.
We emphasize positive interaction between staff and children and between staff. We encourage socially acceptable behaviour by praising the children at every opportunity we can. In doing so we aim to ensure that children do feel valued and are made aware that attention is given for positive behaviour. The children are encouraged to respect each other and their environment as well as to respect adults. In turn each and every child is respected and their differences and individuality embraced. Children learn from the respect we show them. The children are encouraged to treat each other the way they would like to be treated themselves.
Strategies to replace problem behaviour
From time to time children may display unacceptable behaviour. This is a normal part of a child’s development and with careful guidance it can be modified and improved. Unacceptable behaviour will be discussed with the children at the time of the incident using language that the children can understand. We do not use labelling words such as "silly", "stupid", "naughty", "bad" or any other labelling words as this undermines children's self-esteem and confidence. We also have a policy of distraction and diversion which serves to dispel a potential problem. If distraction does not work we may remove a child from the situation for a short while to allow a cooling-off period.
In exceptional cases where we feel unable to deal with behaviour issues which have arisen we contact relevant support teams as suggested below;
- Early Years Advisory Team
- The Educational Psychologist
- Agencies linked to the family
In summary our Behaviour Policy is continually evolving with children, parents/carers and teachers' involvement.
Yolande Farrell, Manager
Policy adopted on October 13th 2015
Policy reviewed on September 20th 2018