We believe that children andadults 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 provide a stimulating range of experiences and activities for children to make sense of their world through play.  By providing a happy, well managed environment the children will be encouraged to develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

Behaviour management officer – Julie Pascoe

 In order to achieve this:

  • Rules governing the conduct of the group and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed within the playgroup and explained to newcomers, both children and adults;
  • All adults in the group will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up good habits of behaviour;
  • All adults will provide a positive role model for children of friendliness, care and courtesy;
  • Positive strategies will be employed to handle any conflict which may arise by helping children find solutions in a developmentally appropriate way, for example distraction, praise and reward;
  • Adults in the group will praise desirable behaviour e.g. kindness and willingness to share;
  • Adults in the group will make themselves aware of, and respect, cultural differences;
  • 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 neither be used nor threatened;
  • We do not sanction any technique intended to negatively affect the self-esteem of the children in our care;
  • Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves;
  • Children who misbehave will be given adult support in seeing what was wrong and working towards a better pattern of behaviour.  Children will be made aware that it is the behaviour which is unacceptable, not the child;
  • In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame;
  • Adults will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way;
  • Unacceptable behaviour will be handled in a developmentally appropriate way, respecting individual children’s level of understanding and maturity;
  • Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole group, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause;

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 reviewed and updated on 10/01/2019.