Behaviour Policy (October 2015)


At Grace Owen Nursery School, we believe in positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviour. Good behaviour is rewarded with praise and clear boundaries are set that are understood by everyone.


It is our aim to:

  • Ensure the safety of the children.
  • Create a firm but fair environment in which children can learn and develop.
  • Ensure that everyone is treated with respect.


  • Good team management of the nursery school, with agreed policies and procedures that are understood by both staff and children.
  • The setting of clear parameters for behaviour, so that everyone understands what is and is not acceptable.
  • Informing children of expectations and describing any undesirable behaviour so that the child knows why they have been admonished.
  • The uses of carefully considered language when speaking to children, so that general terms like ‘naughty’ are avoided.
  • Being specific about behaviour with reasons for it being not appropriate e.g. dangerous/not safe, you may get hurt/may hurt someone else, you will break it: say ‘do not do that’ and explain why.


  • Staff adherence to agreed procedures.
  • Regular review of policies and procedures to evaluate their effectiveness.

Agreed procedures

  • Make expectations clear to children and parents/carers
  • Encourage politeness and, where necessary, teach/remind children, staff and parents/carers to speak politely.
  • Actively discourage swearing and other inappropriate language.
  • Do not allow children to climb on furniture, run indoors or throw equipment (other than balls, quoits, etc.)
  • Deal with any verbal or physical violence towards children or staff immediately and assertively.
  • Use sanctions when necessary e.g. remove a child from an activity/area. In case of extreme behaviour, the lead educator, teacher and/or nursery manager should be involved.
  • Discuss any specific behaviour management issues relating to individual children to ensure a consistent response from all staff.
  • Discuss areas of difficulty with parents/carers as soon as they are identified in order to support efforts made at home and to help put in place agreed patterns of disciple in both settings.
  • Seek support from external agencies if a persistent difficulty is identified which does not respond to school or home/school intervention.
  • If a situation is proving difficult to manage or a member of staff feels too involved and needs to extricate themselves from the situation, support should be sought or the child can be handed over to another member of staff.

The Named Behaviour persons is Nancy Farrow/Claire Boardman

Policy Updated 24th October 2015


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