Know the Policies and Procedures of the Setting for Promoting Children and Young People’s Positive Behaviour

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Be able to support positive behaviour

Positive behaviour management is about using positive rather than negative approaches to encourage children and young people to behave appropriately. Promoting positive behaviour involves: Setting clear boundaries, which are applied in a calm and consistent way

Encouraging children and young people to make their own choices about behaviour – and to understand the negative consequences if they choose inappropriate behaviour

Setting ‘positive’ rules rather than ‘negative’ ones. Negative rules tend to begin with the word ‘Don’t’, and tell children and young people what they must not do, but do not guide them as to what they may or should do.

In trying to understand behaviour, it is helpful to note
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It is important to give attention when they have waited appropriately so that they are encouraged to do so again. You could try the following strategies:

whenever possible ignoring attention seeking behaviour, unless their attention is drawn to it (perhaps by another child) as the message sent then is that it is acceptable to behave in that way

giving attention and praise to another child who is behaving acceptably

distracting the child’s attention; (Distraction is particularly appropriate with younger children) or removing him or her to another activity or group

expressing disapproval – verbally and/or nonverbally through body language, facial expression and shaking of the head

using a sanction – withdrawal of a privilege (such as removing a toy or activity).

Physical aggression
This usually results from strong feelings that are difficult to control. Whatever the cause and it may be provocation the adult should deal with it calmly and ensure that the needs of all the children and young people involved are met. A child who has lost control frightens herself and the other children and young people. You could try these strategies

Time out: This involves the child who has been aggressive being taken to an identified place away from the incident – a corner or chair. ‘Time out’ allows for a calming- down period and for other children and young people to be reassured. This method can work

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