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: Use strategies when supporting children to manage their own behaviour
Previously, we have looked at several strategies that can be used to support children in managing their own behaviour.
To achieve this assessment criterion, you will be required to demonstrate that you can use these strategies effectively within your day-to-day practice. Early Years practitioners use these strategies daily as part of their work, so you will have plenty of opportunities to show this aspect of your practice.
For example, you might each day by reminding the children about the setting’s Code of Conduct. Or distract a child from unwanted behaviour by turning their focus onto something else.
When deciding which strategies to use to support children in managing their behaviour, you must consider their age and stage of development. For example, older children will have more developed language skills, and so explanations and reminders will be more effective, whereas younger children may benefit more from distraction techniques.
You must also take into account the policies, procedures and ethos/culture of the setting that you work in. This ensures that you work in the way that is expected from your employer, as well as proving consistency for the children.
Other factors to consider can include the needs and preferences of the child, the reasons for the unwanted behaviour (e.g. attention, boredom etc.) and the current emotional state of the child (e.g. are they upset, tired etc.)