Promoting positive behaviour; tips for building a learning environment that is positive and supportive


Sometimes, it can be difficult to manage young people’s behaviour. Part of the solution is to create and maintain boundaries, and part of it is to promote positive behaviour. One way to do this is to build a learning environment for children and young people that is positive and supportive. Here are three ways you can do this;

1] Building strong parent/carer-child relationships. This is where boundaries and discipline comes into play – children thus feel cared for and that their needs are being met, with these boundaries in place.

2] Spending quality time with them. This one is key to providing support and building on the parent/carer-child relationship. Each day, ensure that some amount of time is spent playing and having fun together. As children get older, play may turn to talk – talking and listening helps children feel understood and also helps improve their self-esteem.

3] Give them positive attention. It can seem easy to become upset, disappointed or angry at children when they do something wrong. However, there is a stronger way to bring out positive behaviour in children and young people, and that is by providing positive attention to them when they do something positive. That way, they are more likely to continue to act in these positive ways to seek that same positive attention. Some easy ways to encourage their positive behaviour include acknowledging the things they do; “Thanks for putting away your toys!” or “Great work in finishing up your homework so early!”

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:


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