CYPOP5 Course: Understand How to Set Up a Home Based
Assessment criteria: 7.2
Supporting children’s behaviour can be key to a happy caring environment.
Write an explanation stating how ground rules for behaviour and expectations are developed and implemented.
If you expect a certain behaviour to be achieved it is crucial that boundaries and expectations are consistent and that everyone involved is made clear of what they are from the beginning.
I would suggest that the first thing to do would be to consider the ground rules that you would expect and to write them in a concise manner. This could be achieved through your policies and procedures for behaviour. Ground rules are necessary not only for the safety of everyone but also to help the children develop a sense of security while in your home and with you.
Following this, I would ensure that before taking on new children you communicate your expectations with the parents and depending on their development level you may wish to involve the child. Due to different parenting styles and expectations your ground rules may differ from those that may be using your service. If this is the case you will need to teach the child what is acceptable at your house, even if this may not be the case at home. While doing this it is important to understand as well as respect these differences.
It is also important that to create a happy and caring environment that these rules are not presented in only a negative manner. If children are expect to not be unkind, a positive way of achieving this for example would be to set a ground rule that states “we need to be kind to everyone” for younger children and “we need to treat others how we would like to be treated” for older children. Children will follow your example, therefore shouting from you may often lead to shouting from them. Neither of these will create a caring and happy environment.
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