Behaviour Expectations (Nursery and Reception)

Staff will be teaching and re-iterating these expectations throughout the day. Staff will consistently reinforce well-executed rules through praise and encouragement.Posters and signs around the school will guide the children.

Children should make their best effort to do the following:

  • walk into school through the gate in Bolton Place (saying goodbye to their parent before entering)
  • meet the teacher in the Reception Outside Classroom
  • remain in their class with the same children and staff
  • not mix with other year groups (Reception classes will share the same space)
  • remain in their class and designated area for break times
  • walk at all times inside the school building and when leading in/out from/to break times and P.E. sessions.
  • regularly wash their hands whilst singing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice
  • dry their hands on one paper towel from the dispenser and then put it in the bin
  • wash their hands on entering the building, before eating, before and after exercise and break time, and after going to the toilet
  • go to the toilet on request and one at a time
  • use only the designated toilets
  • not touch each other or give each other a hug
  • try hard to not touch their mouth, eyes and nose
  • use their elbow or tissue to cough or sneeze and use bins for waste (‘catch it, bin it, kill it’)
  • tell an adult if they are feeling unwell
  • not share equipment unless specifically told to do so
  • only bring one bag containing a named water bottle to school and book bag
  • not touch the posts or wall bars in the hall
  • stand on the designated spots in the hall
  • not cough or spit at or towards another person


Sanctions may include the following, which will be applied appropriately depending on the behaviour or incident:

  • ‘Time out’ within the classroom
  • Child to miss break time (possibly in combination with the previous sanction)
  • Parents to be called to discuss behaviour


We know that many of the rules and expectations will be very challenging for children to meet, particularly for younger children or children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and our overwhelming priority is to welcome children back to school, providing a safe and happy environment.

In general, we will expect children to make their best effort to follow these rules and, if reminded to correct behaviour, to do so promptly. If children are not able to follow the expectations (taking into account age and Special Educational Needs) the teacher will discuss the situation with parents.