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1.13 Behaviour Policy

Policy statement

At Clever Clogs we aim to encourage our children to develop self respect and encourage their self esteem, we recognise the importance of setting a good example as adults and having realistic expectations of the children in our care. We believe we can achieve positive behaviour by working together with parents and that the foundations of this behaviour comes from promoting personal, social and emotional development.

Behaviour is a way of communicating, we understand that children may at times feel angry, confused, threatened or worried, and that we need to enable them to deal with these emotions in a positive way.

We aim to support the children to achieve pro-social behaviour to enable them to show consideration for others and empathise with them, and for example to learn how to share and take turns.

Children are given a key person during their time at Clever Clogs, this person is responsible for following individuals development, observing and monitoring causes of concern, and discussing with parents how to address these concerns.


  • At Clever Clogs we make it clear to the child that it is the behaviour that we are unhappy with, not the child.
  • In accordance with the child’s age and understanding, we help the child to find solutions for their inappropriate behaviour, by acknowledging feelings, explaining what was unacceptable, and supporting the child to gain control of their feelings so they can respond more appropriately in the future.
  • We try to limit conflict over toys, by supplying enough popular toys that are age appropriate planning variety of activities and staffing activities to support sharing and waiting turns.
  • We use visual prompts such as timers so that children are more aware of the time limit whilst engaged at an activity and whilst waiting.
  • We are aware that praise for positive behaviour will encourage children to duplicate that behaviour again. Feeling good about themselves, and by giving children a sense of belonging, develops self esteem and happy confident children are more competent learners.
  • Methods used to encourage appropriate behaviour need to remain positive so that children feel good about themselves.
  • Instead of giving negative instructions, we try to give positive ones, and by teaching children what they could be doing, we replace negative behaviour with positive.
  • We encourage children to show they are sorry for inappropriate behaviour, for instance by giving the injured party a tissue if they are crying, or returning a toy that was taken.
  • Children are never isolated for inappropriate behaviour, in some instances, when emotions are running high, it may be necessary for an adult to sit with a child away from the other children and give them some 'thinking time', where it is made clear why the behaviour is unacceptable and how the behaviour can be avoided in future.
  • Children are never threatened with physical punishment, and we do not use techniques that would humiliate or single out a child.
  • We do not shout at children in response to inappropriate behaviour, we may have to use ‘holding’ as a technique to calm a child who may be at risk from physically harming themselves or other children, adults or property.
  • Throughout the duration of the session children are supported to achieve these goals and during circle time it has become popular with the children to come up and wish the other in the group: "A caring, sharing morning"!


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