Promoting good behaviour, positive handling & physical intervention

February 21st, 2013

Promoting good behaviour, positive handling & physical intervention

In this blog we discuss strategies that you could consider to promote good behaviour within your setting. We also discuss the importance of positive handling as well as the difficult subject of physical intervention. In writing this blog, we have drawn on our own experiences, the EYFS framework, government published documents on behaviour management and physical intervention, and a paper entitled ‘You’ve got that magic touch’ by Elaine Schneider and Phillip Patterson.

Managing behaviour

A central element to the role of a childminder is the promotion of good behaviour within the setting. Helping a child to understand what good behaviour is can be vital to a child’s social development and helps them to be ready for the school environment. Good behaviour is also needed to create an atmosphere that supports the well-being of every child in your care and can make everyone’s day more enjoyable.

The importance of managing behaviour is reflected in the EYFS, which requires all early years providers to have and implement a behaviour management policy and procedures and emphasises that childminders are responsible for behaviour management.

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Source used in the document:

Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, DfE 2012

Department for Education (August 2011) Use of Reasonable Force

‘You’ve Got That Magic Touch: Integrating the Sense of Touch into Early Childhood Services’; Elaine Fogel Schneider and Phillip P. Patterson;  Young Exceptional Children published online 4 October 2010


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