Promoting Positive Behaviour in Birmingham – an NDNA case study

The problem of bad behaviour

More than 1000 children under age 4 suspended from nursery in the UK
Boys four times more likely to be expelled from education
In Birmingham, only 200 Behaviour Co-ordinators across 1500 early years settings

Birmingham City Council was determined to reverse this bad behaviour trend by improving the skills and confidence of all early years practitioners across the city. By tackling bad behaviour in the early years, more children will stay in mainstream education.

The solution – NDNA’s Promoting Positive Behaviour training and support programme 

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) was commissioned by Birmingham City Council to deliver a Promoting Positive Behaviour training and support programme. The support programme consisted of one compulsory workshop, Promoting Positive Behaviour, followed by a choice of eight themed workshops and a series of focus groups.

Workshop 1 – Promoting Positive Behaviour
(split over 2 days)

•         Positive Behaviour – what does it look like?
•         How is behaviour learnt?
•         Brain Development
•         The role of the adult
•         Environments that promote positive behaviour
•         Strategies to support behaviour
•         Partnerships with parents
•         Review of action plans

Delegates on the programme then had a choice of 8 themed workshops, based on individual needs:

Boys – the gender difference
Attachment and the key person
Policies and procedures
Partnerships with Parents
Communication and language
Promoting Positive Environments
“Sense Ability” – Biting, pacing, hitting

The results:

700 practitioners attended the programme between October 2013 and March 2015 
82% of early years practitioners increased their knowledge of behaviour
90% of delegates said the training had a positive impact on their setting 

The impact of the training in their own words:

“I found that the training provided was very useful. It made me reflect and think about behaviour in a new light.”

“I have received such positive feedback from settings whose staff have attended training and workshops provided by the NDNA.  They have reflected on their practice, and put new strategies and procedures in place. They have changed their routines and environment.  All have contributed to positive outcomes for children.”  
Michelle Witheridge, Area SENCO, Birmingham City Council

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