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Dragonfly Day Nursery aims to encourage all children to make sense of right and wrong through praising children and acknowledging their positive actions and attitudes. We aim to enable children to develop self-discipline and self-esteem through mutual respect and encouragement.

The nursery has kept its rules to a minimum, setting clear boundaries and ensuring that adults and children are aware of what behaviour is expected of them. The rules we do have are applied consistently and are displayed clearly for all to see. These rules are:

         •   We walk.
         •   We share.
         •   We are friends.
         •   We listen.

When a child displays unwanted or undesired behaviour:

• He/she will be guided and removed from the situation and/or distracted.
• One to one adult support will be given to a child displaying unwanted or undesired behaviour and spoken to about what was wrong and why and how to behave more appropriately.
• We will also try to help the child understand the result of their actions (e.g. ‘poor Amy you made her sad, by pushing her, let’s say sorry’).
• No form of physical or verbal punishments will be used at any time.
• We never shout or use negative words such as ‘bad’ or ‘naughty’, nor will we label the children using phases.
• Whenever the word NO is used it must always be followed with the reason why e.g. ‘No thank you Serena, we do not throw our toys’
• Use positive phrases such as ‘we walk in the nursery’
• Physical intervention will only be used to prevent injury or accident (e.g. if a child is running into the road). Should physical intervention occur, this will be recorded on an incident form.
• Any behavioural problems (such as bullying) will be handled in a positive way, taking the child’s age into consideration and with parental involvement where appropriate, and work closely with toddler tips and in some cases with support from an outside agency.
• Children who may have or have been diagnosed with SEN (Special Education Needs) may display unwanted behaviour as a result of such conditions.