The rights of one individual do not outweigh the rights of any other individual, let alone a collective. We have zero tolerance for bullying or any other anti-social behaviours. Families will be asked to work with the staff at the playschool, possibly being required to consult with external medical and/or behavioural specialists to rectify the behaviours.
Those families who are unwilling to follow through or work with staff will be asked to leave as you would at a private school. Believe Playschool staff will be trained and supported in handling these situations.
We talk to children about their behaviours as we build values around emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Therefore developing coping skills, problem solving strategies and specific dialogue to communicate their needs and feelings.
Believe Playschools practices and approaches are built on respect therefore our expectations of all stakeholders, irrespective of age is respectful two-way relationships with children, families and teachers. We role model respect, communication and consideration. There are 3 rules for all children that reinforces this, and makes it easy for them to assess what is and isn’t appropriate. 1. Have fun 2. Be safe 3. Be respectful and considerate (kind)
If you break one you are usually breaking all three, if not for yourself, but for someone else. You might be having fun, but then others aren’t safe or being treated kindly and therefore, they aren’t having fun. It is also simple for children to remember all the rules. They are consistent, unchanging and clear. We set children up for success at every opportunity.
Understand the Believe Playschool principles and values regarding education and school readiness please see link below.
Believe Playschool is a passionate advocate for child protection and safety, so please do not hesitate to report concerns about the treatment of children in our care to our Principal. Violence, aggression, abuse or neglect towards children will not be tolerated and we will take immediate action. We embed child protection, privacy and consent in our education programs to empower children to understand their rights to safety, with strategies to follow. It is important that you to follow up on these learning experiences and class discussions, to add your own voice to the topic and reinforce the positive safety messages and strategies being imparted.
All teachers are mandatory reporters which means by law we are required to report all or any signs of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of children in our care. When it comes to child protection, it will sound harsh, but adult egos don’t come into consideration as we are here to protect children, and their safety and long term mental health comes first. If you have a Custody Order in place please ensure you have provided copies with your Enrolment Book, Believe Playschool cannot implement them without having copies.
The Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998 emphasises that the care of children and young people is a responsibility shared by families, government and the agencies working in partnership. Find out more about the policies and procedures for those working in child protection services below.