Cooperative behaviour

Establish and implement plans for developing cooperative behaviour CHCIC510A

This unit is about establishing, implementing and monitoring individual and group plans for behaviour modification.



1. Identify and review behaviour that causes concern

  1. Gather information from all those involved with the child
  2. Review behaviour in a range of situations and contexts, recognizing gender impacts on behaviour
  3. Observe and analyze behaviour to identify triggers causing behaviour, and consequences that are maintaining the behaviour
  4. Review program routines and timetabling for possible influence on behaviour
  5. Facilitate interpretation of child's behaviour among others involved with the child
  6. Ask for advice if you need it.
  7. Report incidents causing concern to parent/s, colleagues or others as appropriate (parents of other children affected, coworkers, management, supervisor)
  8. Discuss options for response with parent/s
  9. Discuss needs and concerns of other children affected by the incident


2. Establish and apply limits and guidelines for behaviour

  1. Establish guidelines that are consistent with the abilities of the children
  2. Establish guidelines relevant to the culture and background of the children and policies of the centre
  3. Develop guidelines in conjunction with children according to their ability to do so
  4. Decide how to respond and implement clearly and assertively
  5. Communicate guidelines to children (especially those new to the service), parents, potential users of the service, relief or other staff


3. Develop a plan to guide a particular child's behaviour

  1. Identify longer term and short term objectives in the plan
  2. Clearly identify more acceptable alternative behaviours in the plan
  3. Develop plan according to philosophy and policies of the service
  4. Develop goals of the plan consistent with child's abilities, age and developmental stage
  5. Ensure plan is realistic according to resources available
  6. Set plan in consultation with staff/ parents and others who are caring for the child
  7. Ensure plan considers relevant cultural norms, and processes for responding to behaviour
  8. Identify resource and referral bodies and sk for advice as necessary


4. Implement and monitor a behaviour plan

  1. Act within your organization's behaviour response policy
  2. Inform child of specific expectations for behaviour in ways appropriate to their level of understanding
  3. Inform all workers involved in implementing the plan of its rationale, limits and strategies
  4. Inform all involved of strategies so all are reinforcing the plan
  5. Minimize as far as possible, factors that may lead to or maintain inappropriate behaviour
  6. Support workers to implement the plan effectively and consistently


5. Interact effectively with others

  1. Form positive relationships with children and parents
  2. Respect parental expectations and their cultural values
  3. Interact with children, giving due regard to child's age, development, culture, and needs
  4. Involve children in decision-making and planning, giving due regard to the children's age, development and abilities
  5. Show respect for children's individual differences and choices (e.g. not to participate)
  6. Use stress management strategies to calm down before responding to incidents of difficult behaviour
  7. Use communication skills of questioning, informing, listening, discussing, active listening
  8. Use non-verbal communication that reinforces verbal communication
  9. Identify the capabilities of individual children
  10. Collaborate with others and maintain good interpersonal relationships
  11. Treat all parents and children equitably, including Indigenous people
  12. Work with cultural diversity.

Methods of promoting positive behaviour and showing your expectations vary according to the age of the child (see chart).