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Hi everyone,

I have a couple of children whose next step needs to be not to keep touching/poking etc other children as they don't like it! Previously for similar next steps I have used 'to become more aware of how their actions effect other's' however I have had parents miss understand this in the past and get a bit upset about it thinking that their child is a bully! Does anyone have any other way of wording this?

Thanks Green Hippo x

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Our next steps are directly lifted from the development matters so how about one of these?

Can inhibit own actions/behaviours, e.g. stop themselves from doing something they shouldn't do.

Aware of the boundaries set, and of behavioural expectations in the setting.

Aware of own feelings, and knows that some actions and words can hurt others’ feelings.

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I do use the statements if they are relevant but find that the managing feelings and behaviour statements can cause confusion with parents. These children are not really hurting others intentionally or sometimes at all just irritating them (for want of a better word) so often causing another children to push or hit out (and they have slightly different next steps!)

Just trying to be specific but without causing confusion! Thanks for the suggestions.

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We have "Be able to stop themselves from doing something they know that they should not do", relating it to impulse-control. We added the second part to the DM/EYO as we felt that we need to consider that a child may not know.

This kind of behaviour, e.g. poking others, is often showing itself in other contexts too. In relation to the communication context I think Sue's suggestion is great, but it could also be PD related, as in being aware of safety when taking risks or using equipment.

And, actually, it may not be about seeking to communicate or get attention. Sometimes I just think a child in a circle is restless and does anything that their impulses compels them to do - a need to move and to experiment with and explore their surroundings, which could involve the people next to them.

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