1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi Guest, welcome to the TES Community!

    Connect with like-minded education professionals and have your say on the issues that matter to you.

    Don't forget to look at the how to guide.

    Dismiss Notice


Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by t_ridgard, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. t_ridgard

    t_ridgard New commenter

    Hi we have two children who keep hiding in our reception class both are four. They are both from looked after families and both been adopted. At first we didn’t know and had to go off and find them, sometimes under tables, sometimes in the toilet and behind outside equipment. Now we know what they are doing we make sure we know where they are. They both will laugh about it and tell each other to shhh, but when spoken to they both just don’t seem to think they have done wrong. We have used so many different strategies. Any help with this old be much appreciated by our team.
  2. CWadd

    CWadd Star commenter

    Parents need to be contacted over this. You don't specify your role, but probably best to tell SENCO what's happening, and to request they are the link.
  3. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    So they just hide after the others go in after break etc.?

    They are just playing. They haven't done anything wrong at all. It's a game. You need to make it more fun to come out and be with you. Be part of the game. Even when you can see them. "So there you are! I didn't see you."

    Make lining up fun. Or however you do it.

    Call out their names first. Make them feel special. Give them jobs to stand by you and hold your pen or something.
  4. katiejane1

    katiejane1 New commenter

    Maybe set them up a safe space for ‘hiding’? We have an alcove under a high shelf (nothing can fall on them), with a curtain and cushions inside, just fits two children. We call it the hidey- hole. Large boxes are also good for safe hiding spaces. Build some hiding places with loose parts, make it part of their learning, collaboration with adults and peers and following their interests, help them learn about safe and unsafe places to hide.
  5. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    agathamorse and Pomza like this.
  6. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Build a 'hiding place' each morning with the two children.
    Stress to them that they can hide in that place and that place only. Give lots of attention when they do and minimal when they hide elsewhere.

    Alternatively make finding them a fantastic experience with lots of smiles, giggling, hugging and so on. So that they get the message that being found is fun and positive and that adults in school like to be in their company.

    Chat to parents as to why this might be happening. It might be to to with being a looked after/adopted child. It might not. See if the same thing happens at home and what parents do.

    It's a tough one, but probably needs far more expert help than any of us can give. Have you spoken to the SENDCO or your Ed Psych?
    CWadd and agathamorse like this.

Share This Page