Behaviour problems in the early years: The conceptualisation of behaviour problems and its relevance to management approaches
Current research has clearly revealed that progressively younger children than ever have been perceived as exhibiting behaviour problems in educational settings. Consequently, management of such problems becomes an important element of the teaching and learning process. Nursery teachers, nursery nurses and all early-years professionals constantly need to use a wide range of management approaches and techniques to handle the wide range of behaviour problems arising in educational settings (Papatheodorou 1995). Indeed, both the Green and White Paper referring to Special Educational Needs have strongly emphasised the need for early identification of and intervention for young children’s behavioural difficulties (DfEE 1997; 1998).