Positive Behaviour


We believe that children flourish best when they know how they are expected to behave. Children gain respect through interaction with caring adults who show them respect and value their individual personalities. Positive, caring and polite behaviour will be encouraged and praised at all times in an environment where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their surroundings.

Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Within the nursery we aim to set these boundaries in a way which helps the child to develop a sense of the significance of their own behaviour, both on their own environment and those around them. Restrictions on the child’s natural desire to explore and develop their own ideas and concepts are kept to a minimum.

We believe in a positive approach to managing behaviour. We aim to provide a stimulating, inviting environment, in which children are encouraged to be helpful, polite, caring and understanding to others.

  • Recognise the individuality of all our children and that some behaviours are normal in young children e.g. snatching toys
  • Encourage self-discipline, consideration for each other, our surroundings and property
  • Encourage children to participate in a wide range of group activities to enable them to develop their social skills
  • Ensure that all staff act as positive role models for children
  • Work in partnership with parents by communicating openly
  • Praise children and acknowledge their positive actions and attitudes, therefore ensuring that children see that we value and respect them
  • Encourage all staff working with children to accept their responsibility for implementing the goals in this policy and are consistent
  • Promote non-violence and encourage children to deal with conflict peacefully
  • Provide a key worker system enabling staff to build a strong and positive relationship with children and their families
  • Have a named person who has overall responsibility for issues concerning behaviour.
  • Encourage self-discipline and consideration for each other.
  • Give the child reassurance through verbal praise when the child responds positively.
  • Encourage children to participate in a wide range of group activities to enable them to develop their social skills and praise all efforts.
  • Be a step ahead and anticipate problems before they arise.
  • Alert children to change before it happens e.g. tidy up time.
  • Give clear but simple instructions.
  • All staff must be consistent.
  • Reward the child for appropriate behaviour.
  • Ignore attention seeking behaviour.
  • Make it fun to behave appropriately.
  • Use time-out procedures sparingly.

Through training, staff are encouraged to act as positive role models, and are encouraged to promote positive behaviour making clear that fighting, hurting, and racist comments are not acceptable.

We believe in working closely with parents/carers, enables a consistent approach to Behaviour Management.