At child care and kindergarten, your child will begin to understand what is and is not appropriate behaviour.

Your child will learn about tolerance, care, courtesy and respect. They will start to learn what is expected of them, including how to properly resolve disputes.

If you have concerns about your child’s behaviour, you should talk to staff at their child care centre or kindergarten. They understand the changes children go through during early childhood and can offer advice and support to both you and your child.

You can also speak to your local doctor or community health centre for help and advice.

Support from home

If you feel that your child is having behavioural difficulties it is important to discuss your concerns with them and ask for outside help when you need it.

Talking and listening to your child at the end of their day will help you find out what they have done at child care or kindergarten and about any difficulties they might be having.

When talking with your child:

  • try not to criticise or lecture
  • try not to overreact but listen and share your ideas and remember sometimes your child will try to shock you
  • don’t always assume that you know best – your child may have a valid point and something to teach you
  • try to treat them with the same courtesy and respect that you show your friends.