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Anti-Bullying Policy

Here at IOANID, we believe that the children have the right to play and learn in a supportive, caring and safe environment.
Behaviour expectations are consistent and reasonable boundaries are in put place by caring and supportive practitioners to minimise the occurrence of bullying.
Although bullying in the strongest context of the word does not generally occur at IOANID Preschool it is recognised by practitioners that preschool children are developing their personalities and friendships, as well as exploring boundaries and appropriate behaviour which can result in conflict and clashes of personality.
Practitioners minimise occurrences by being observant and recognising that some children prefer the company of others and some don’t.
If any level of bullying is suspected observed or reported, the matter will be taken seriously, dealt with promptly and all parties will be supported appropriately and fairly. This will involve working towards a shared understanding of the causes of the behaviour.
We understand that all behaviour is a form of communication and should be recognised as such. Matters will be documented (ABC forms, Cause for Concern) as necessary and reported to head teacher/and parents.
       There are five recognised features of bullying:
•    It is deliberate, hurtful behaviour;
•    It is repeated over a period of time;
•    It is difficult for those being bullied to defend themselves;
•    It is difficult for those who bully to learn new social behaviours;
•    Those who bully have and exercise power inappropriately over others.
All forms of bullying can be damaging to the development of both the person being bullied and the person bullying. Bullying can take many forms, but the main types are:
• PHYSICAL - child can be physically pushed, bitten, kicked, hit, spat at, etc.
• VERBAL - Verbal abuse can take the form of name calling.
• EMOTIONAL - A child can be bullied simply by being excluded from discussions/activities or play, with those they believe to be their friends.
Bullying is not one off fall outs between friends.
a) Look for unusual behaviour in your children. For example, they may suddenly not wish to attend preschool or they may regularly say that they feel ill
b) Always take an active role in your child's education. During pick up times enquire how their day has gone
c) If your child encounters any problems at the Preschool inform the class teachers IMMEDIATELY. Your complaint will be taken seriously and appropriate action will follow as soon as possible.
d) It is important that you advise your child not to fight back. It can make matters worse! Tell them to ask for help and to tell any adult as soon as possible so the incident can be dealt with effectively.
e) Try to ensure that your child maintains a positive image of themselves.
a) Create an enabling environment in order to minimise opportunities for bullying
b) Use any opportunity to discuss the appropriate way to behave towards each other: circle time, small groups and one-to-one activities, when going on the green grass, in the Blue Room or in the forest, during snack time etc.
c) Deal quickly, firmly and fairly with any complaints, involving parents in a POSITIVE AND CALM MANNER.
d) Head of school together with staff to review the Policy and its degree of success.
              e) The staff will continue to have a firm but fair approach to behaviour management. The rules                   should be few, simple and easy to understand such as:

                         ‘We will keep ourselves safe.
We will keep others safe
We will keep the materials safe’

f) Do not use teaching materials or equipment which gives negative views of any group because of their ethnic origin, gender, etc.
g) Encourage children to discuss how they get on with other people and to form positive attitudes towards other people, exploring what friendship is.
h) Encourage children to treat everyone with RESPECT.
i) We will treat bullying as a serious offence and take every possible action to eradicate it from our Preschool. Follow the ethos of BE KIND, CARE and TAKE TURNS. *Some children are not emotionally ready to share but they understand turn taking. A child’s play should not be interrupted to take his/her toy.
j) Have suitable training to continue personal development within Behaviour Management
k) This policy applies only to incidents of bullying which take place on school premises. However, the school has an enduring interest in the welfare and conduct of its students and will respond positively to any information it receives about bullying outside school
We will support children by following the six steps of conflict resolution as follows:
•    Approach calmly, stopping any harmful actions
•    Acknowledge all children’s feelings.
•    Teach empathy. If one child is physical hurt, the other child will help putting ice, bandage, plater etc.
•    Gather information from all parties.
•    Restate the problem
•    Ask for ideas and solutions and choose one
•    Be consistent
•    Be prepared to give follow up support.
We will speak openly with parents/carers in order to formulate a mutual agreement regarding action to move the situation forwards in a way which meets individual needs.

Updated on August 2018 to be reviewed on August 2020.