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POLICY ON positive guidance

Rationale

We will use positive guidance techniques to shape and nurture children. These include maintaining loving, warm relationships, setting clear, realistic and consistent expectations and boundaries for behaviour and ensuring there is consistency in consequences. These principles enable children to feel safe, secure, protected and happy in their environment.

Purpose

To provide a positive, nurturing physical and emotional environment, where each child’s holistic development is nurtured. To ensure consistent strategies are in place for encouraging children to develop an understanding of positive behaviours of learning, and to help them to develop strategies and confidence for conflict resolution.

Procedures

  1. The foundation for children’s social competence is strong, positive and supportive relationships with their parents/caregivers and teachers.
  2. Our environment provides a wide range of age-appropriate resources for children that enable them to enjoy positive learning experiences with and alongside others.
  3. Our curriculum reflects the culture, background and interest of the children attending our centre.

Positive Guidance Strategies

  • At all times children will be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Teachers will take time to get to know children and their parents/caregivers & whãnau.
  • Teachers will notice and praise positive behaviour.
  • Teachers will guide behaviour by giving children positive strategies to follow.
  • Teachers will use positive reinforcement and role modelling to encourage positive behaviour.
  • Teachers will support children to develop and maintain appropriate behaviours by giving clear, consistent and realistic guidelines.
  • Children will be encouraged to work together co-operatively and to be caring and accepting of others.
  • Children will be encouraged to communicate about problems and conflicts as they arise, and when necessary will be supported by teachers in handling conflict.
  • To ensure the safety of all in the centre, teachers will give children clear and consistent guidelines relating to respecting others and the environment.
  • Children will be given opportunities to move away from stressful situations, and be supported in developing positive strategies for managing their own behaviour.
  • Age-appropriate resources and guidance will be provided for children to assist them to develop strategies to deal with conflict.
  • Self-esteem, resilience and confidence will be supported and nurtured in the learning programme.
  • We will promote and support daily routines that are flexible and responsive to the needs of individuals and groups of children.
  • Positive guidance techniques will respect and value the cultural backgrounds of all our children.
  • Staff meetings will have time allocated for teachers to raise and discuss any concerns related to children’s behaviour.

Dealing with Challenging Behaviours

  • Teachers will focus on isolating the child's behaviour rather than labeling the child.
  • A clear message will be delivered by explaining why their behaviour is unacceptable i.e. when a child could hurt themselves, other children, adults, or property.
  • Using a calm voice, the child's name will be used to gain their attention.
  • If required, the child will be redirected to another area of play. When they have calmed down and are in charge of their emotions, they will be invited back to talk about what happened.
  • Some behaviour may be ignored in the short term as the adult's attention may be given to the victim of the child's undesirable actions.
  • Should a child's behaviour begin to cause concern, the teachers will:
    • Observe the child's behaviour and record events leading up to it.
    • Discuss the child's behaviour with a Team Leader and/or Manager.
    • Be able to participate in discussions at staff meetings where teaching strategies for supporting the child will be identified.
  • Parents will be consulted and included in the development and implementation of individual behaviour plans if they are required.
  • When required, support will be sought from Ministry of Education Special Education Service (MoESES) or other appropriate support agencies. Parents will be consulted before an individual child is discussed with another agency.
  • Teachers in a stressful situation will be encouraged to move away and request another teacher to take over.
  • No force will be used by way of correction or punishment towards any child attending our centre.
  • No child will be put in solitary confinement, immobilized or deprived of food or drink.
  • No child will be spoken to harshly, belittled or degraded.