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Thinking about children’s behaviour

tantrum-babyThis interesting article from TeachWire had us thinking about children’s behaviour (good and bad) this week. It actually started a long discussion about whether behaviour in Early Years has got worse in recent years. The upshot of that is, we don’t really know; but the impact of iPads, TV shows and modern life all came up in conversation. If you know the answer, do let us know in the comments because it isn’t going to settle down in the office until we know!

Either way, it had us scouring the internet for information and statistics, and aside from the usual information we were interested to read this journal that suggests children who spend more time in a group setting (read – nursery) are more likely to develop behavioural issues than children that spend more time at home with parents. Hyperactivity, in particular, was apparently linked, with the settings being ““chaotic”, with children “running around” with “no sense of purpose”“. Inflammatory stuff, but strangely, everyone in the office disagreed – unanimously saying that children who went through nursery were more rounded, sociable and more able to cope with school. Maybe everyone took it to heart, maybe it impacts on different aspects of behaviour in different ways, or maybe in our area of the country it just doesn’t hold water. Honestly, we wouldn’t like to say but couldn’t help but feel that Ofsted must have noticed such a prominent article and will have started (and continue) to pick up behaviour more and more.

The Common Inspection Framework, has meant that more of the terminology from schools has been rolled out for Early Years, the impact of poor behaviour on learning being the biggest impact. The idea that a child’s behaviour can be distracting and adversely affecting the learning of the other children in the room has been a common theme during school Ofsted inspections for some time, don’t let this trip you up on inspection day!

But, to bring us full circle, do remember that a tantrum is normal behaviour for a toddler; we can’t expect them to know how to cope with it all from the beginning without getting a bit upset – some most all adults still don’t!

We have several Behaviour Management courses coming up over the next few weeks if you are interested to find out some strategies to improve your setting, find all the details here.

About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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