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  • Writer's pictureCassandra Hyland

Promoting Positive Behaviours in Classroom

Updated: Jul 2

Let’s start with a fundamental truth about early childhood education:


Challenging behaviours are a normal part of a child's development.

It’s natural to feel frustrated, embarrassed, or even defeated when faced with tantrums, defiance, or meltdowns.

Those moments when a child refuses to follow instructions, disrupts the group, or has an emotional outburst that can test the patience of even the most seasoned teacher.

And... we get it.

It’s easy to label those children as “difficult” or “problem kids”, and to worry about their future.

But what if we shift our perspective?

Every child who has ever learned to share, cooperate, or regulate their emotions has experienced their fair share of missteps and struggles.

It’s part of the process.

And frankly, the more curious, energetic, and independent a child is, the more likely they are to test boundaries and push the limits.


We're not saying every outburst is a developmental milestone or that you should ignore their disruptive behaviour.

There are definitely times where us educators or parents have to step in and redirect a child’s behaviour.

But it’s important to remember that most of these behaviours are not intentional acts of defiance.

They’re simply a natural part of the learning process for young children who are still developing the skills they need to thrive in a classroom setting.

And the good news is...

Those challenging moments can actually be valuable opportunities for connection, growth, and teaching your child important life skills.

But how can we turn those moments from frustrating conflicts into teachable moments?

How do we create a classroom environment where positive behaviour is encouraged and nurtured?

Here are 3 insightful and actionable strategies for promotive positive behaviour in the classroom for young children:


Understand the Root Cause of the Behaviour

Children often lack the words to express their needs and frustrations, resorting to tantrums, defiance, or withdrawal.

Instead of labelling these as “bad” behaviour, approach them as communication attempts.

Try to decipher the underlying message: Is the child hungry, tired, overstimulated, or struggling with a social interaction?

By understanding the root cause, you can address the need and teach alternative ways to express it.


Build a Culture of Connection and Empathy


A positive classroom climate is built on relationships.

Invest time in getting to know each child individually – their interests, strengths, and challenges.

When a child is struggling, respond with empathy and understanding, validating their feelings while gently guiding them towards proper behaviour.

Create opportunities for children to connect with each other through collaborative activities, shared experiences, and acts of kindness.



Proactively Prevent Challenging Behaviours


Instead of focusing solely on consequences for negative behaviour, prioritise proactive strategies that set children up for success.

This could involve:

· Establishing clear, consistent expectations and routines

· Providing engaging activities that cater to different learning styles and interests

· Teaching problem-solving skills and conflict resolution strategies

· Recognising and rewarding positive behaviour through praise, encouragement, and tangible rewards.  



We Can Help You Nurture Positive Behaviours at Centenary Childcare Centre


By embracing a proactive approach, focusing on understanding, connection, and communication, we can turn challenging behaviours into valuable learning opportunities for our children.

Our early learning preschool program focuses on building strong foundations for social-emotional development and positive behaviour.

Ready to see how our approach can benefit your child?  



Enrol today and discover a preschool near you where learning and growth happens naturally.


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