Behaviour Management Policy

At Dawny’s day care we are committed to ensuring the children’s cultural capital allows them to develop into secure children who thrive at nursery and throughout their lives.

We understand that a large part of being secure in their emotional and social wellbeing is affected through their mental wellbeing. This begins with children having developed the skills to mange their behaviour in socially acceptable ways to form relationships with those around them and leads to them being part of a wider community.

With mental health being extremely prevalent today we understand the impact that supporting children’s emotional health and wellbeing is of the upmost importance. Through creating a behaviour policy that views the child as an individual and helps the children within our care label their own emotions and deal with them in an age appropriate way we hope to build resilient well-balanced children.

Dawnys day care treats all children with respect and has high expectations for the adults and children’s learning and social behaviours. Our aim is to provide a calm environment where children feel safe and loved in a homely atmosphere, where the staff take time to meet the needs of each child holistically. The strong relationships and partnerships the staff have with the children and their parents enables them to identify behaviours which are out of character and deal with behaviour in a way that provides a learning activity for the children where age appropriate and helps them to implement problem solving in the face of adversity.

We understand that positive behaviour can be taught and the impact that our behaviour as role models has on the children in our care. We understand that negative behaviour can be a signal for a need for support which we will provide without diluting our expectations.

The aims for this policy are to:

  • Maintain a caring community in which effective learning can take place and where the children, staff and parents show a mutual respect
  • To help children develop a sense of self-worth, identity and achievement
  • To help all children develop resilience
  • To help children make positive choices and accept responsibility for their actions where age appropriate
  • To develop in all children the ability to listen to others, cooperate and appreciate other ways of thinking and behaving

We will achieve this through having a behaviour policy based on rights, responsibilities and respect. Praise, reward, and positive role modelling which supports the children’s development of self-regulation and the making of positive choices.

Unwanted behaviour will be addressed through a staff member identifying the behaviour, and determining what the best course of action is dependant on the action.

If a child is displaying unwanted behaviour towards another child, the child the unwanted behaviour is directed at will be comforted while a staff member removes the child displaying the unwanted behaviour from the situation. A staff member will stay with the child until they have calmed down. Once the child is calm the staff member will speak to the child about their actions and reflect with the child on their actions and ways in which the situation could have been dealt with.


Biting is a common occurrence for children from teething through to preschool and the reasons for this can be varying. If a child is found to be going through a period of biting behaviour the child will be monitored and the parents informed. We will work closely with the child to try and find the reason for biting. This will be done through noting times of biting to establish if there is a pattern. Staff will work with the child to fulfil their needs and help stop the biting.

Conflict resolution

Conflict resolution for older children will be managed using high scope resolution steps. We feel this is the most appropriate way to manage conflict resolution as rather than problem solving for the children it gives them the skills to manage conflict in a positive and non-confrontational way.

  1. The staff member will approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions. Place themself between the children, on their level; use a calm voice and gentle touch; remain neutral rather than taking sides.
  2. The children’s feelings will be acknowledged through the staff member saying something simple such as “You look really upset”; let children know you need to hold any object in question.
  3. Information will be gathered as to the onset of the incident through the staff member asking, “What's the problem?”. Staff members will refrain from asking why questions.
  4. The problem will then be reinstated “So the problem is...” the staff member will use and extend the children’s vocabulary, substituting neutral words for hurtful or judgmental ones (such as “stupid”) if needed.
  5. We will then ask for ideas for solutions and choose one together. This will be done through encouraging children to think of a solution, but offering options if the children are unable to at first.
  6. we will then give follow up support, acknowledge children’s accomplishments, e.g., “You solved the problem!” Stay nearby in case anyone is not happy with the solution and the process needs repeating.

Partnership with parents to reducing unwanted behaviour

Partnership with parents is key to Dawny's Daycare. We want to work together with you, the parents, to provide the best form of care. It would be great if you could inform us on any details you feel is important for the nursery to know E.g. eating issues or illnesses.

We will always encourage parents to inform us on details that may affect the child's well-being. This can be as simple as ‘mum is away this week for work’ or ‘dad has broken his arm’ small changes can potentially have a huge effect on a child's behaviour.

If we have concerns about a child's behaviour we will speak to the parents to put in to place a system that will be effective for the individual child. This may be a sticker chart or a Behavioural plan and if necessary, seek advice from outside agencies.

Our behaviour coordinator is Lisa Holmes (Nursery Senco); please speak to Lisa if you wish to know more about managing behaviour in our setting.


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