A Planned Approach
Presented by Don McLean
A Plan of Action
Steps to Success:
What are your expectations?
Design your Plan
Needs to come from all staff
Must be consistently enforced
Is it working?
The Beliefs Model
Establishing Your Beliefs– Behaviour Meter
A Behaviour Plan
• Developing guidelines / Rules
• Give staff and children ownership
• No more than five all encompassing rules
• Don’t be too general (ie. Respect others)
• Clearly back up rules with appropriate consequences and
• Every parent, child and staff member should have a copy and
there should be a copy clearly displayed.
• Avoid “Don’ts” but don’t get hung up if you can’t
• Make your rules appropriate to your children
• Ensure they are realistic and fair.
• Rewards and Consequences
• Praise should be first tool.
• All staff on-board
• Achievable – can be maintained
• Not disruptive to programme
• Planned and organised
• Communicated to parents and children
• Needs to suit your programme.
• Don’t make idle threats or promises
• Needs to be age appropriate
Keeping It Positive
Praise Is to
children what sun
is to flowers
• Praise is always your number one behaviour strategy,
Ensure its Clearly directed, constructive & meaningful
• Try to maintain a ratio of 4 positive comments to one
• When giving an instruction back it up with 2 positives.
• Never remove a reward already given as a consequence of
• Don’t make idol promises and make rewards achievable
• Be creative when deciding on rewards and they don’t have
to be tangible.
• Remember a reward is given as a result of behaviour and a
bribe is promised in anticipation of behaviour.
• Don’t be afraid to say this isn’t working – cater for your
First in line StickerPerson of the week
In groups of four brainstorm five more ideas for rewards you
could provide – we will make a master list as a group
Quick tips for Negative Consequences
• All staff on board and informed
• Short and sharp
• Age appropriate
• Achievable – can maintain it
• Limit discussion – don’t get in a slanging match. Simply state the rule broken and
• Make the consequence fits the crime
• Don’t make idol threats – next time you do that…
• Make everything transparent – written in discipline plan
• Types of Negative Consequences
• Timeout – no more than 2 or three minutes
• Outdoor timeout – the timeout hoop
• Exclusion from an activity
• Social consequence – clean up, sweeping, kitchen duty
• Message home
• Fitting consequence – clean up a mess.
• Red cards
• Demerit points
Can you think of any more?
Step Three – Sorting Out the
•Set up and maintain an incidents record
•Make displays of rules, rewards and consequences
•Give a copy of the behaviour plan to parents
•Prepare any behaviour journals and/ or consequence
worksheets so they are there when needed
•Set up reward areas, tickets etc.
think oF all
SituationS• Consider your plan if you are
off – site.
• What do you do with the
• You need a system that’s
• What if you have to remove
someone – you need a plan in
What ever you decide always
write it down and give
everyone a copy
Putting it into Action
• Must be consistently
• Good or bad you
need to keep parents
• Be positive first
• Follow up
The Final Word
• If it’s not working –talk about it and change it
Don’t flog a dead horse!
• When children walk in you door your rules
apply – they leave their baggage at the door
and so do you.
• Write it down and give everyone a copy
There is no arguments then
• Management – minimise - management,
Maximise – participation and fun!
Thank You !
Have You Got ?
Your belief s quest ions
A behaviour met er
Ref raming worksheet
Workshop not es
Somet hing wort hwhile
out of t he workshop
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