Positive Behaviour

Happy Days will work in partnership with parents, taking into account individual / family circumstances and the child’s age and stage of development. A consistent approach will be applied to promote self respect and respect of others.

Positive behaviour is encouraged, and is promoted by way of a positive role model. Positive behaviour is promoted through praise.

To encourage all children to have respect for themselves, for other people (their feelings, beliefs and values) and for the pre-school environment.

to help children to understand other people’s views and experiences and to be caring and tolerant of them.

to enable children to have and increasing ability to take responsibility for their own actions and to understand the consequences of their behaviour.

to give children an understanding of how to be fair to all: how to share and give everyone an equal chance (within the context of everyone having different needs).

to teach children how to be polite and considerate whilst acknowledging cultural traditions. In some cultures it is polite to make eye contact; in others it is not.

to promote acts of kindness for each other and to assist children in ways of being gentle towards each other. 

As a staff, we hope to promote these aims and values through example and hope that parents / carers using the pre-school will join us in partnership.

to show children how to keep themselves and each other safe and to give them the confidence to express their concerns and fears in an appropriate way.

We help children to look after themselves by:
  • Praising them: focusing on the positive things they do.
  • Helping them to recognise their feelings and express themselves in an acceptable way.
  • Encouraging them to ask for help from peers as well as adults.
  • Encouraging their endeavours, identifying and planning for their interests.
  • Building their independence through self-help skills.
  • Encouraging them to see the good in others.
  • Peer teaching (encouraging them to learn from each other).
We help children to care about others by:
We help children to be polite by:
We ask children to look after equipment by:
We help children to care about the environment by:


Children explore a variety of behaviours at this age. Most we consider ordinary, particularly when they are new to pre-school. Staff expect to deal with behaviour such as inappropriate shouting out, having a tantrum, snatching and walking away at tidy-up time etc. Intervention will be mild and may include one of the following:

  • Using positive statement, e.g ‘If you want to throw something you can throw a ball when we go outside’.
  • Explaining our concerns e.g ‘If you lean back on your chair you may fall over’.
  • Giving them choices.
  • Having a class discussion or circle time about acceptable/unacceptable behaviours.
Staff will deal with more serious misbehaviour by:
Examples of what we consider extremely serious:
Our intervention may include:

All incidences must be recorded and signed by parent or carer at collection time.

Serious incidents may result in a meeting with the head/teacher/parents to discuss the way forward. Occasionally, a shortened day may be more appropriate in order that the child’s experience of school remains positive.

Parents and carers are in integral part of our pre-school environment. We will work closely with all our parents and carers in implementing our school’s behaviour policy.

We aim to:

  • Share our expectations of behaviour at school during the settling in period.
  • Talk to parents about any aspect of their child’s behaviour which is causing concern.
  • Be fair, non-judgemental and consistent in our dealing with behavioural issues at school.

We expect parents/guardians to:

  • Communicate any significant changes in circumstances that may affect their child’s behaviour in pre-school, e.g. new baby, moving house, bereavement, divorce, separation and hospitalisation.
  • Reinforce expected behaviour to their child by talking to him/her when at home.
  • Support the pre-school staff in implementing the school’s behaviour policy.