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 Behaviour Management Policy 

 

Little Country Lovers uses effective behaviour management strategies to promote the welfare and enjoyment of children attending the Club. Working in partnership with parents, we aim to manage behaviour using clear, consistent and positive strategies. The Club rules are clearly displayed at every session, and are discussed regularly at team talks.

 

As Little Country Lovers is based on a working farm, with all the additional risks that entails, it is essential that children listen to and follow instructions from staff at all times,  to ensure the safety of everyone present. 

Whilst at Little Country Lovers we expect children to:

  • Use socially acceptable behaviour
  • Comply with our Behaviour code ( Clarissa’s code)
  • Listen to and follow instructions, especially on walks around the farm.
  • Respect one another, accepting differences of race, gender, ability, age and religion
  • Develop their independence by maintaining self-discipline
  • Choose and participate in a variety of activities
  • Ask for help if needed
  • Enjoy their time at the Club.

Encouraging positive behaviour

At LCL positive behaviour is encouraged by:

  • Staff acting as positive role models
  • Praising and rewarding appropriate behaviour
  • Informing parents about individual achievements
  • Offering a variety of play opportunities to meet the needs of children attending the Club. 

It is inevitable that there are times when children will need support and guidance to understand that their behaviour is not acceptable. Staff at the LCL will try to determine the cause or triggers of the inappropriate behaviour to prevent the situation from recurring.

 

Dealing with inappropriate behaviour

  • Challenging behaviour will be addressed in a calm, firm and positive manner.
  • In the first instance, the behaviour will be addressed by staff
  • Staff will discuss why the behaviour displayed is deemed inappropriate.
  • Staff will give the child an opportunity to explain their behaviour, to help prevent a recurrence.
  • If there is no improvement the child will be temporarily removed from the activity, if necessary to sit quietly with a member of staff.
  • Staff will encourage and facilitate mediation between children to try to resolve conflicts through discussion and negotiation.
  • Staff will notify parents and discuss with them to formulate clear strategies for dealing with persistent inappropriate behaviour.
  • We will not threaten any punishment that could adversely affect a child’s well-being (eg withdrawal of food or drink).
  • If after consultation with parents and the implementation of behaviour management strategies, a child continues to display inappropriate behaviour, the Club may decide to exclude the child as a last resort. The reasons and processes involved will be clearly explained to the child.

Physical intervention

Physical intervention will only be used as a last resort, when staff believe that action is

necessary to prevent injury to the child or others, or to prevent significant damage to

equipment or property. If a member of staff has to physically restrain a child, the manager will be notified and an Incident reportwill be completed. The incident will be discussed with the parent or carer as soon as possible. If staff are not confident about their ability to contain a situation, they should call the manager.

All serious incidents will be recorded on an Incident report  kept on file. This

may be used to build a pattern of behaviour, which may indicate an underlying cause. If a

pattern of incidents indicates possible abuse, we will implement child protection procedures in accordance with our policy.

 Corporal punishment

Corporal punishment or the threat of corporal punishment will never be used at the Club.

We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that no child who attends our Club receives corporal punishment from any person who cares for or is in regular contact with the child, or from any other person on our premises.

 

This policy was adopted by: Little Country Lovers on March 2018

 To be reviewed: March 2019