1. Mokopuna/children’s developing social competence and understanding of appropriate behaviour is supported and a positive guidance process is documented.

(Note that: 

  • It is illegal for an adult to use physical force against a child for correction or punishment.
  • The Ministry of Education has published literature and guidance on managing children’s behaviour and there is also a lot of professional literature, research, and theory to guide teaching practice.
  • This requirement appears to be a difficult one to measure because centres are known to differ in their expectations for children’s behaviour and the role adults provide for children due to variations in programme philosophy (e.g. Montessori and Playcentre), family culture and aspirations for their child, staff training, staff culture, etc.)