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Building Better Behaviour in the Early Years

Building Better Behaviour in the Early Years

First Edition

July 2009 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Every early years setting strives to create a calm and positive atmosphere, where children can thrive and develop as successful and confident learners.

By asking you to reflect on how the ethos, practice, and general approach in your setting impacts on the behavior of both children and adults, this book suggests sensible ways to achieve an exciting and stimulating environment for all.

From an award-winning author team, there is down-to-earth advice, a number of common-sense solutions and all the essential information you will need to develop the best sort of setting, where everyone supports one another.

Chapters offer guidance on:

  • Creating an enabling environment for all
  • Developing a team-based approach
  • Considering the whole child
  • Working with parents, and other professionals
  • Observing and assessing behavior
  • Sharing good practice

The book includes case studies of children between 0 to 5 years, sample policies, and lots of reproducible material on the CD-Rom that comes with the book

Suitable for all early years students and practitioners, this book is an encouraging read that will inspire you and help you to improve behavior in your class or setting.

The Bigger Picture
Development Matters
A Whole-Child Approach
The Reflective Setting
A Strategy Bank
Observing Behaviour
A Skills Bank

'This guide is packed with useful advice, strategies and common-sense solutions that will support early years practitioners in developing a setting where staff and children can work together in a calm and positive atmosphere' -
Special Children

'This book when I first opened it I just knew would be for me. The layout and print was easy to read and understand. The ideas and strategies given are extremely useful to use, all with the child in mind. The section on making chocies so a child doesn't feel backed into a corner was very helpful, along with the CD to print off proformas' - Amazon Customer Review

'[This book is] essential reading for all early years students and practitioners' - Early Years Educator

'Building Better Behaviour in the Early Years will be a useful addition to any setting's practical resources for practitioners and should certainly assist managers and setting leaders in promoting a consistent approach to behaviour management for children of all ages' - Early Years Update

Gives a balanced overview and some tools to build better behaviour in settings

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
June 22, 2015

This is a really good and accessible guide. It offers sound, solid well researched advice for practitioners and parents.
These are some excellent case studies some focusing on the possible dilemmas and difficulties that could be encounter.
The author extols the benefit of knowledge and prevention, being fair and gives lots of ideas.
I would recommend this book for practitioners, student and parents. Excellent!

Ms Caroline Brooks
Childcare & Early Years, Sheffield College
September 23, 2013

This gives a broad overview of supporting positive behaviour in children.

Ms Jill Harrison
Education, University of Greenwich
November 21, 2012

Clear and readable. I feel this text can be used on many levels and the addition of the CD rom has proved to be such a practical tool. In many ways there is nothing new within the book but the format and summary tables are clear and easily accessed.

Mr John Bartlett
Childcare, Haslingden Community Link and Children's Centre
April 16, 2011

A very useful text addressing a difficult area for students

Lin Savage
Education , University of Cumbria
October 16, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter One

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