Emily FoxTask 4 – BehaviourChildren need clear, consistent boundaries. They will have to keeptesting out boundaries that are not clear or consistent: they willcheck to see if it is still there, or if it can be moved; they will checkto see if all the adults are keeping this boundary or only one. It isbest to have just a few boundaries agreed to by everyone as a team,if at all possible. It helps the children to feel secure.When boundaries are set they need to be explained to the children.If a child oversteps the boundary, it is important that the child doesnot feel worthless or disliked for what has been done. This isavoided by criticising the child’s actions rather than the childthemselves.Children often model themselves, both consciously ad unconsciously,on the adults around them and copy what they say. Teachers need tobe very careful what messages they give to children through theirown behaviour. In particular, they should try to avoid any activitythat might encourage stereotyping.Stereotyping is the expectation people may have of themselves andothers, based on age, gender, race or disability.Stereotyping can damage children’s development and self-esteem inmany ways. It can stop children from achieving their full potential,because they believe that they can or cannot do something becauseof a stereotype. For example, gender stereotyping can make childrenbehave in certain ways that they think is expected of them: girls arealways expected to be caring and gentle, boys boisterous andadventurous.