We wholeheartedly support The Childcare Act 2006 guidelines on behaviour and sanctions, namely that sanctions applied in the case of unacceptable behaviour, e.g. bullying, must take account of the age and stage of development of the child, be given at the time, be relevant to the action or actions and be fair.
Corporal punishment (slapping, smacking, or shaking) and emotional chastisement (humiliation of children) never have been, and never will be, acceptable practices at Rainbow Nursery. They will not be used at any time.
The personal social and emotional wellbeing of a child is paramount at the nursery. It is of the utmost importance to promote pro-social behaviour that will enhance a positive self-image and good self-esteem so that they can have fulfilling and positive relationships.
Adults caring for children in the nursery are able to support and manage a wide range of children’s behaviour in a way which promotes their welfare and development.
Children need to have set boundaries of behaviour for their own safety and the safety of their peers. Within the nursery we aim to explain and set these boundaries in a way, which helps the child to develop a sense of the significance of their own behaviour, both in 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.
Sanctions applied in the case of unacceptable behaviour must take account of age and stage of development of the child, any special educational needs and disabilities be relevant to the action or actions and be fair.
The attitude and behaviour of all those who work or have contact with children in the nursery should be characterised by warmth, respect and encouragement towards each child.
The nursery believes in promoting positive behaviour. By adopting a consistent behaviour policy we aim to:
- Encourage self-discipline, consideration for each other and our environment
- Encourage the development of children’s social skills and help them learn what acceptable behaviour is.
- Develop the confidence and self-esteem of children.