sheepChildren learn from the examples set by people around them. We aim to show the children, through our working practice and through our relationships with the families within the Playgroup, the codes of acceptable behaviour, for both adults and children.

We aim to encourage and praise good behaviour.

We aim to raise children’s and adults’ self‑esteem.

We aim to encourage adults and children to treat others with respect.

We aim to encourage adults and children to support and care for others.

We aim to treat adults and children as individuals with an equal role within the Playgroup.

Our Statement of Unacceptable Behaviour

We actively discourage spitting, biting, swearing, kicking, hitting or other forms of physical, aggressive behaviour.

We also actively discourage racial abuse or any other form of verbal abuse.

We actively discourage any form of anti‑social behaviour and dangerous play.

We actively encourage good behaviour through clear, concise explanations and by example. We also encourage this by consistent care and handling and by praising good behaviour.


No smacking or any other form of physical punishment.

No shouting, either at individuals or at the Group as a whole.

No sarcastic or humiliating comments, either to the child or within the child’s hearing.

We will try to distract the child if possible, to avoid a confrontation.

If all else fails, we will use ‘behaviour cards’ and ‘time out’, where the child will be sat down for a short period of time, with an adult, and their behaviour will be discussed. If the child is reacting by kicking and hitting out, then an adult will hold the child firmly and talk quietly and reassuringly to the child until they have calmed down.

If unacceptable behaviour continues, then the staff will discuss the problem with the parents involved, and possibly ask advice from other agencies, i.e. Health Visitors, Doctors, etc.