Providers are responsible for managing children's behaviour in an appropriate way. We recommend that they have and implement a behaviour management policy, and procedures:
- A named practitioner should be responsible for behaviour management in every setting. They must have the necessary skills to advise other staff on behaviour issues and to access expert advice if necessary.
- In a childminding setting, the childminder is responsible for behaviour management.
Providers must not give corporal punishment to a child, nor threaten it. Providers must take all reasonable steps to ensure that corporal punishment is not given by any person who cares for or is in regular contact with a child, or by any person living or working in the premises where care is provided. Any early years provider who fails to meet these requirements commits an offence. A person will not be taken to have used corporal punishment (and therefore will not have committed an offence), where physical intervention was taken for the purposes of averting immediate danger of personal injury to any person (including the child) or to manage a child’s behaviour if absolutely necessary. Providers, including childminders, must keep a record of any occasion where physical intervention is used, and parents and/or carers must be informed on the same day, or as soon as reasonably practicable. The PACEY Accident, Incident and Medication Book has a section where physical intervention can be recorded.
Childcare providers can also refer to the Schools Behaviour policy and guidance section, as there is advice about how schools can develop their behaviour policy, so the same principles could be applied to childcare providers.