10 Golden Rules To encourage Positive Behaviour - The Play Doctors


We cannot always use the same techniques for each child. We have to keep the same rules and
boundaries so each child in the setting recognises what is appropriate or inappropriate behaviour, however
we need to adapt our approach to behaviour management to ensure it is right for each individual child or
young person. Consider the child’s personal learning style. Many children have visual or kinetic learning
styles rather than audio. Yet often we approach a situation using our voice, asking the child to listen what
we say. A child who is stressed will have even more difficulty processing what is being said.
Consider how you can use visual or kinetic tools to support your message*.


1. Identify what the communication behind the behaviour is saying

2. Remain calm, do not escalate the situation by becoming
angry/aggressive or by raising your voice

3. Give clear boundaries, use visual structure when appropriate

4. Use clear and concise language, give the child time to respond

5. Use a stimuli sterile environment for time out

6. Give praise where praise is due (ensure praise is appropriate to individual
some children respond better to tangible praise rather than verbal social praise)

7. Do not assume, do not judge on past experiences

8. Put in methods/techniques as a preventative measure

9. Use a consistent approach. Does the child understand the
consequences of the behaviour?

10. Set realistic and achievable goals

Further information on this is available from: Let’s make more smiles –
Encouraging Positive Behaviour written by Wendy Usher published by The Play Doctors.

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18 Mar 2019

By Wendy Usher
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