Bullying/peer on peer abuse is defined as the persistent physical, verbal or emotional abuse of another child or children. There is also social bullying which is done behind someone’s back through spreading rumours or playing nasty jokes as well as cyber bullying which is using digital technology such as computers and smart phones.  We can sum up bullying as actions taken by one or more people with the deliberate intention of hurting another person (in any of the above ways).It is often planned and most bullies are aware of the impact of their actions. Bullying is about a pre-meditated act, which relies on a stage of cognitive development in order to think the process through. This policy aims to produce a consistent response to any bullying incidents that may occur.   All alleged incidents of bullying will be taken seriously and investigated.

At Imperial College Early Years we foster positive social interactions and are committed to providing an environment that is safe, welcoming and free from bullying where we ensure that any form of abuse or harmful behaviour is dealt with immediately and consistently.  Bullying of any form is unacceptable whether the offender is a child or an adult. 

At Imperial College Early Years we are aware that bullying affects children and to reduce any extent of harm to the children we give full consideration to the impact that bullying will have on an individual child’s emotional and mental health and well-being. Our Safeguarding and Child Protecting Policy as well as our ethos ensures we are providing a safe, secure environment where children can develop and thrive with competent and knowledgeable staff.  We aim to make all those connected with the nursery aware of our opposition to bullying and staff have a responsibility to eradicate bullying within our nursery.

This policy is designed to support the;

  • Imperial College Early Years Behavior Management Policy

  • Equal Opportunities Policy

    The Policy is supported by the key principles of the Children’s Act, 1989 that the child’s welfare is paramount as well as Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2016.  

    At Imperial College Early Years we believe that every child has the right to expect an environment which;

  • Is safe and caring

  • Will praise acceptable behaviour

  • Provides positive role models

  • Encourages children to feel secure

  • Shows an awareness of children’s individual needs

  • Will give clear explanations as to why their behaviour has been unacceptable and will be given help to find out other ways of behaving in a given situation

  • Will encourage dealing with disputes with other children by helping them to voice their dislike for unacceptable behaviour towards them

  • Will be involved in discussions  about acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and encouraged to express their feelings and think about the feelings of others

  • Will always put the emphasis on the action rather than the child personally

  • Will not humiliate them verbally, emotionally or physically

At Imperial College Early Years we recognise that during children’s play there might be a form of rough and tumble, with media sometimes influencing superhero and weapon play which the children take an interest in and sometimes imitate through their behaviour and play.  Our staff are skilled to enable them to differentiate children’s imagination and inappropriate play and behaviour and will only engage in this play if it has a positive outcome for each individual child. A few strategies will be implemented to manage this type of play;

  • Clear boundaries will be set up for the games being played or toys and resources used

  • Discussing the concept of ‘good’ and ‘bad’

  • During planning, although supporting the play, finding alternatives to replace weapon play

  • Working in partnership with parents to ensure they have an understanding of how the play is being managed

The Head of Imperial College Early Years will implement the peer on peer/anti-bullying policy and ensure that all staff receive relevant training and are aware and know how to deal with any incidents of bullying that they witness or hear about.  Equipment, resources and activities will be used to promote anti bullying.

Any incidents of peer on peer abuse or bullying will be brought to the attention of the parents/carers of the child who has been bullying and strategies for managing their behaviour will be discussed.  The incident will also be discussed with the parents/carers of the child who has been bullied and reassurance will be offered on how the situation is being dealt with.  A record on all the relevant details of any alleged bullying will be written on an incident form.

Parents who are concerned that their child might be being bullied, or who suspect that their child may be the perpetrator of bullying, should contact the Head of Early Years immediately.  Parents have a responsibility to support Imperial College Early Year’s anti- bullying policy and actively encourage their child to be a positive member of the Early Years.  Parents are expected to help develop their child’s social skills at all times, in support of the Imperial College Early Year’s ethos.