Home > Case Studies > Pre-School and a Child With Behavioural Issues: A Case Study

Pre-School and a Child With Behavioural Issues: A Case Study

By: Sarah Edwards - Updated: 14 Dec 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Children Behaviour Pre-school Support

For many children, starting their local pre-school group is the first step towards attending primary school. Pre-schools offer a fun and safe environment for children, where they can start to get used to looking after themselves, gaining independence and learn to socialise.

Learning Through Play

The emphasis on pre-school education has always been learning through play, and children are encouraged to display positive social behaviour and find ways to interact with one another. The ratio of staff to children is quite high and groups tend to hold small sessions in the morning or afternoon and occasionally all day. There are breaks for drinks, snacks and lunch and many pre-schools will also have a quiet time where children can relax on floor cushions and have a rest.

Case Study

For William, pre-school was a real struggle. As a bright and curious three and a half year old, William started to attend his local pre-school and although he really enjoyed it when he was there, he hated leaving his parents and used to display angry, upsetting behaviour. Leaving a child who is Kicking And Screaming is never easy, and William’s mother, Rachel, found the whole experience very stressful. She was ready to give up on the idea altogether when staff chatted to her about finding a solution.

Team Work

Once Rachel had the chance to sit down with the pre-school staff and come up with a plan of action, she felt confident that William would eventually be fine. She said: “The staff were great and very supportive. I hated leaving William when he was so upset and sad, but the staff reassured me that this was very normal and that in time he would adjust. They also suggested that William was assessed for special needs, and after some time and lots of meetings we did actually discover that he is on the spectrum of Autism as well. This is obviously a big issue, but again we received massive support from everyone and now he is thriving at primary school. If it hadn’t been for pre-school getting involved, William may well have slipped through the net.”

Coping Strategies

Rachel recognised that William had problems with being left, and this was also evident at friend’s houses, parties and other events and activities. With the support of pre-school, she found a way for William to take part in some activities where she could also be involved. To help William deal with his insecurity, Rachel also volunteered to help out at pre-school a couple of times a week. This way she could keep an eye on him.

Rachel added: “It’s not always the best idea – spending all that time with a child when they are being encouraged to become independent can be a bit negative – but for William it worked really well. In fact, when I was at pre-school he pretty much ignored me, but knowing I was there made a big difference and he was much happier, I think we were keeping an eye on each other!”

Support From Teachers

Discover how Talking To Your Children's Teachers can give you a valuable insight into changes in your child's behaviour.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • Mace
    Re: Grounding Children
    As of right now I have been grounded for 8 months and I still have more time. Before this I was grounded for a year and a half. I live with my…
    2 April 2020
  • Jomo
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    My daughter will be 10 years by april. She's just able to write letter A-G and numbers 1-7 not even very well.…
    27 March 2020
  • Mimi
    Re: Conduct Disorder (CD)
    I have three boys 11:10 and 9 they've been through a lot divorce their dad getting in a car wreck with their grandma and her dying because…
    16 March 2020
  • BCGreen
    Re: Children and Body Rocking
    I rocked and sang myself to sleep for years. It’s how I learned all the Beatles songs. I did it until I was at least 11 or 12. I…
    10 March 2020
  • Steph91
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    My son is 9 ten this year his behaviour is terrible And when I say terrible I mean to the point of I’m lost of…
    24 February 2020
  • Becky
    Re: Grounding Children
    My granddaughter was grounded by her nina and that was her not being able to come to her nanas house. So in other words shes taking me away…
    23 February 2020
  • Michelle
    Re: Questionnaire: Does Your Child Have ADHD?
    My 13 year old daughter easily gets distracted very disruptive she has a meltdown when things dont go her way…
    16 February 2020
  • Aly
    Re: Children and Aggressive Outbursts
    Hi my 5 yr old granddaughter is getting very naughty she will put shoes on off on off until she thinks they right hair she…
    15 February 2020
  • Babyangel1988
    Re: Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    Hi I have a 12 year old that doesn't listen to anything I say will not follow any home rules and lashingout at home and…
    12 February 2020
  • NONE
    Re: Reward Charts for Good Behaviour
    WHATIS THE ROLE OF COMMUNICATION IN MODELLING APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN
    8 February 2020