Behaviour Management

Behaviour Management

As a Registered Childminder I recognise the need to set out reasonable and appropriate limits to help manage the behaviour of children in my care. I do not and will not administer physical punishment or any form of punishment with the intent of causing pain and discomfort, nor any kind of humiliation or hurtful treatment to any child in my care. Hitting and hurting are always wrong, and in this house, nobody hits anyone else. I endorse positive discipline as a more effective way of setting limits for children.

Rewarding good behaviour. Because rewards are constructive, they encourage further effort. Punishment is destructive - it humiliates the children and makes them feel powerless.
Encouraging self-discipline and respect for others because children need to grow into people who behave well even when there's no one to tell them what to do.

Setting realistic limits. according to age and stage of development Because as children grow and develop our expectations of them change.
Setting a good example Because young children take more notice of how we are and what we say.

Encouragement. not orders and instructions Because 'do as you are told' teaches nothing for next time. Positive discipline means explaining why.
Being consistent Saying no and meaning no Because children need to know where they stand and it helps if they know that we mean what we say.
Praise, appreciation and attention Because when children are used to getting attention with good behaviour, they won't seek it by misbehaving.

Building children's self esteem. Shaming, scolding, hurting and humiliating children can lead to even worse behaviour. Attention, approval and praise can build self-esteem; a child who feels valued is more likely to behave well.
I maintain a positive discipline policy, which focuses on prevention, redirection, love, consistency and firmness. I stress two main patterns of behaviour: respect for other people and respect for property. The children are explained the rules of the childcare home frequently, so they are all familiar with the guidelines.

Please keep in mind that there WILL be disagreements between children. Young children, especially, who are not adept at communication; have a hard time expressing their feelings. Sometimes they hit, throw toys, bite, etc. Although teaching children appropriate behaviour is what we will be doing, remember that this behaviour is normal, in most cases. I will try to prevent problems, redirect when appropriate, discuss inappropriate behaviour, encourage making amends when behaviour involves another person and sometimes withdraw privileges based on the principle of "natural consequences".

Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES will there be any smacking, physical abuse, or verbal abuse used. Neither food nor sleep will ever be withheld from children as a means of punishment. If a discipline problem arises that does not respond to the above-mentioned techniques, I will have a meeting with the parents. Together, we will try to find a solution. If your child's behaviour prevents me from being able to properly care for the other children, other arrangements for the care of your child will have to be made, for the safety and well being of all. NO ONE, including the child's parent, is allowed to smack, hit, bite, shake, or cause any physical or emotional harm to any child while in my home.