Model positive behaviour

Qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Educator
Unit: Unit 3.4: Contribute to enabling play environments
Learning outcome: Be able to support children’s behaviour and socialisation within play environments
Assessment criteria: Model positive behaviour

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For this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you can model positive behaviour within an Early Years setting.

The importance of being a good role model was explored in an earlier section.

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Early Years Practitioners can model positive behaviour for children by demonstrating respectful interactions with others, and maintaining an atmosphere of mutual respect and kindness. This could be through the use of polite language when communicating with others, or being mindful in how they interact with their environment.

Practitioners should also ensure they are setting a good example to the children by following through with commitments and displaying integrity in all their interactions.

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Additionally, modelling effective problem-solving techniques is important; this could be sharing strategies on how to deal with disagreements or difficult situations without resorting to aggression or physical reactions.

During your day-to-day role as an Early Years practitioner, you will have several opportunities to show that you can model positive behaviour. Examples include:

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  • Washing hands after toileting/nappy changing
  • Taking turns when playing a board game
  • Sharing toys with others
  • Tidying up after playing with toys
  • Asking a child for permission before giving them a cuddle
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