child displaying inappropriate behaviours

This workplace assessment task requires you to identify a child displaying inappropriate behaviours (e.g. aggression, biting, tantrums, bullying) and work with family members and colleagues to create and implement a realistic plan to guide the behaviour of a child.

1. Select a child and observe the child’s behaviour on at least three occasions (in different situations and contexts (eg indoor/outdoor, map time, interacting with other children or adults, playing on their own)

Notes on observations:

Do not use the child’s name, you may refer to them as Child X or similar
You will need to have signed permission from their parent or guardian to undertake observations for the purposes of your assessment. A Confidentiality Agreement Form has been provided.

You may use the observation template provided or use templates provided by your workplace.

2. Gather information on the child’s behaviour by talking to the child’s parents and colleagues involved in the education and care of the child.

Based on the information, prepare a short report covering the following topics:

the incidents causing concern

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possible contributing factors to behaviours of concern, i.e. recent events, child’s history, actions of others or developmental or emotional reasons

triggers for the behaviour, including features of the curriculum and/or environment

consequences of maintaining the behaviour
the needs and concerns of other children who may be affected by the behaviour

sources of support from appropriate authorities and referral bodies if necessary

3. Develop a behavioural guidance plan for the child. The plan must include:

long-term and short-term objectives consistent with child’s abilities, age, goals, parents expectations, health issues and developmental stage

acceptable alternative behaviours and strategies to develop these behaviours

resources required to implement the plan

relevant cultural practices for responding to behaviour
processes for communicating and monitoring agreed strategies

colleagues/specialist input

In developing the plan you should demonstrate how the plan complies with organisational, legal and ethical requirements including:
your service’s philosophy, code of ethics and policies and procedures
the National Quality Framework
the relevant approved learning framework
the family’s expectations and cultural values
encouraging others to adopt inclusive practices.

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4. Implement and monitor the plan. Reflect on the process and prepare a report covering following topics.

a) Implementation. Explain how you:

supported the child to understand specific expectations for behaviour

developed a positive relationship with the child and involved them in decision making and planning

minimised factors that may have led to or maintained inappropriate behaviour

ensured responses to child’s behaviour was clear, consistent, calm and timely

maintained communication with families colleagues to ensure the plan was clearly understood and implemented effectively and consistently

reviewed the child’s behaviour against the plan and modified this where necessary

how you support colleagues to implement the plan

how you inform all involved in implementing and reinforcing the plan

b) Reflection. Reflect on the process and comment on:
What worked well
Areas that you need to develop
What you would do differently in the future

Evidence to be submitted:

A minimum of three observations of the child in a range of situations and contexts

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Evidence of consultation in developing the plan, e.g. minutes from meetings, discussion notes, surveys, questionnaires, other staff observations

Behavioural report

Guidance plan

Organisational policies and procedures including philosophy, code of ethics, standards, templates

Review and reflection report.

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