Behaviour Management Policy
The Man In The Moon uses effective behaviour management strategies to promote the welfare and enjoyment of children attending our activities. Working in partnership with parents/carers, we aim to manage behaviour using clear, consistent and positive strategies.
Whilst at The Man In The Moon we expect children to:
Use socially acceptable behaviour.
Comply with our rules.
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 Man In The Moon.
Encouraging positive behaviour
At The Man In The Moon positive behaviour is encouraged by:
Crew members acting as positive role models.
Praising appropriate behaviour.
Most Valuable Player (MVP)/Good Egg badges.
Informing parents/carers about individual achievements.
Offering a variety of opportunities to meet the needs of children attending.
It is inevitable that as children develop and learn, there are times when they need support and guidance to understand that their behaviour is not acceptable. Crew members 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 child will be temporarily removed from the activity.
Crew members will discuss why the behaviour displayed is deemed inappropriate.
Crew members will give the child an opportunity to explain their behaviour, to help prevent a recurrence.
Crew members will encourage and facilitate mediation between children to try to resolve conflicts through discussion and negotiation.
If the inappropriate behaviour appears to be as a result of boredom, crew members will consult with the child to find activities that more fully engage them.
Crew members will consult with parents 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 (e.g. withdrawal of food or drink).
If after consultation with parents/carers and the implementation of behaviour management strategies, a child continues to display inappropriate behaviour, we may decide to take further action such as suspension or exclusion.
Physical intervention will only be used as a last resort, when crew members believe that action is necessary to prevent injury to the child or others, or to prevent significant damage to equipment or property. If a crew member has to physically restrain a child, an Incident record will be completed. The incident will be discussed with the parent/carer as soon as possible.
If crew members are not confident about their ability to contain a situation, they should call another crew member or, in extreme cases, the police.
All serious incidents will be recorded on an Incident Log and kept in the child's 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 Safeguarding policy.
Corporal punishment or the threat of corporal punishment will never be used.
We will take all reasonable steps to ensure that no child 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.
If a child's behaviour is deemed high risk (e.g. refusing to adhere to safety measure such as hand washing, social distancing, remaining in their bubbles or deliberate behaviours that put themselves or others at risk, such as spitting or deliberately coughing at people) the following procedures could be used:
Conversation(s) with child(ren) which could include a verbal warning and other behaviour management strategies in line with our behaviour policy above.
Once all appropriate behaviour management strategies have been exhausted, contact should be made with the child's parent/carer.
If the health and safety of other children and crew members are put at risk by the children not adhering to social distancing measures, then the parent/carer will be expected to collect the child and their membership to The Man In The Moon may be revoked.
Adopted: 5 September 2020
Review Period: 24 months