Woodthorpe Children Centres Policies


Updated 13 Oct 2020

Statement of Intent

Pre-School believes that children flourish in a positive environment where children are aware of the expectations. All children should be free to play and learn, surrounded by compassion, understanding and the opportunity to discuss their thoughts and actions in a supportive manner.


We aim to provide a culture where children learn to respect themselves, other people and their environment. A culture where children feel safe and valued.


  • We require all staff, volunteers and students to provide exemplary interactions at all times, modelling courtesy, friendliness and respect.
  • We maintain a calm environment, speaking clear and low and using actions to reinforce positivity, tolerance and acceptance.
  • We require all staff, volunteers and students to use positive strategies for handling any conflict. We encourage children to find a solution (through discussion and reciprocal communication) appropriate for the individual children’s ages and stages of development.
  • We familiarise new staff and volunteers with the positivity policy. Sharing our expectations for high aspirations, behaviour and kindness. (The word naughty is not to be used).
  • We expect all members of the Pre-School – children, parents, staff, volunteers and students to model positivity at all times.
  • We praise and endorse desirable behaviour such as kindness and willingness to share – we “catch children being good”. Building the self–esteem of individual children.
  • We create situations in which children receive adult attention for positive behaviour as well as challenging or unacceptable behaviour.
  • Threats, physical punishments or humiliation are strategies we do not use in an attempt to reduce challenging / unacceptable behaviour.
  • We use physical restrain such as holding, as a last resort to prevent physical injury to children or adults. Details of such an incident (what happened, what action was taken and by whom and the names of witnesses) are brought to the attention of our Pre-School Manager and are recorded in our incident book. Parents will be informed if there has been a need for this.
  • Racial or other abuse is not tolerated and will be challenged to provide an awareness of the necessity for acceptable and respectful language.
  • Repeated challenging behaviour will be discussed with parents in an attempt to provide a consistent approach between home and Pre-School.
  • We use the ‘Time Out’ strategy only as a last resort after distraction and discussion. Time Out is used for 1 minute for each of the child’s years ie 3 minutes for a 3-year-old child. A personalised approach is utilised for children with SEND.
  • Using the signals of “Wellbeing” and “Involvement” we offer specific praise in relation to the process children are undertaking rather than the end product. We personalise praise to ensure it is relevant and genuine. Utilising the ‘Power of Yet’ which needs to become second nature to all staff members.


Bullying involves repeated physical or verbal abuse of any individual. It also involves targeted isolation or exclusion. This will not be tolerated.

  • We discuss and listen to the responses of the children. Providing reassurance to the child that feels they have been bullied.
  • We never demand a child says “sorry”. If they do not feel sorry, but offer the opportunity for resolution by encouraging children to put themselves in the position of others.
  • We make sure that children who present with challenging behaviour, receive praise when they display acceptable behaviour.
  • When children have been bullied, we share what has happened with their parents, explaining that the all children involved are being helped to adopt more acceptable ways of behaving.
  • We consistently raise awareness of acceptable behaviour through an inclusive values approach, which is respectful and reflective.