Behaviour Policy

We believe that children and adults flourish best in an ordered environment in which everyone knows what is expected of them and children are free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which children can develop self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

In order to achieve this:

– The designated practitioner for our Behaviour Management Policy is Nicky Hillman. She will endeavour to  guide the staff to follow the Playbox Behaviour Management Policy and procedures.

– Rules governing the conduct of the group and the behaviour of the children will be discussed and agreed within The Playbox to all newcomers, both children and adults.

– All adults in The Playbox will ensure that the rules are applied consistently, so that children have the security of knowing what to expect and can build up useful habits of behaviour.

– All adults will try to provide a positive model for the children with regard friendliness, care and courtesy.

– Adults in The Playbox will praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share.

– We will take positive steps to avoid a situation in which children receive adult attention only in returnfor undesirable behaviour.

– Staff are aware of training and support available to assist with the management of challenging behaviour and ways to encourage positive behaviour.

When children behave in unacceptable ways:

– Physical punishment, such as smacking, will be neither used or threatened.

– Physical intervention may be appropriate in certain circumstances, such as preventing an accident or injury – for example if a child is having a temper tantrum. Such incidents will be recorded as a matter of policy and parents will be asked to sign to confirm that physical restraint was used and why.

– Children will never be sent out of the room by themselves.

– Techniques intended to single out and humiliate individual children such as a “naughty chair” will not be used


 Unacceptable behaviour, including bullying, will not be tolerated.

 Children who misbehave in such a way will be given one-to-one adult support in seeing that their actions are wrong and help them work towards a better pattern of behaviour.

 Where appropriate this might be achieved by a period of “time out” with adult supervision.

  In cases of serious misbehaviour, such as racial or other abuse, the unacceptability of the behaviour and attitudes will be made clear immediately, but by means of explanations rather than personal blame.

  In any case of misbehaviour, it will always be made clear to the child in question that it is the behaviour and not the child that is unwelcome

  Adults will not shout, or raise their voices in a threatening way.

  Recurring problems will be tackled by the whole group, in partnership with the child’s parents, using objective observation records to establish an understanding of the cause.

  Adults will be aware that some kinds of behaviour may arise from a child’s special needs.

This policy was adopted at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 11th September 1996.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 25th March 2003.

This policy was reviewed & updated at a meeting of The Playbox AGM held on 16th October 2012.

This policy was reviewed & updated at The Playbox committee held on 26th March 2013.

This policy was reviewed at a meeting of The Playbox AGM held on 14th October 2014.

This policy was reviewed at a meeting of The Playbox committee held on 23rd November 2015.

This policy was reviewed  at a meeting of The Playbox committee on 7th November 2016

This policy was reviewed by email & signed by the chairperson on the 22nd October  2020

This policy was reviewed and updated at a meeting of The Playbox committee on 30th June 2020

Signed Chairwoman :        Jane Sharp

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