The center will explain the rules of the child care facility to all children under its care, as appropriate.
In general, the basis of the guidance and discipline policy at the Center is to encourage positive behavior. Since children generally desire positive attention from adults around them, negative behavior is greatly diminished when those adults provide a supportive and nurturing environment. The staff provides a safe, hazard free setting with careful supervision. The Center’s daily schedule, room arrangements, activities, and staffing patterns are designed to promote enjoyable learning experiences. Teachers model respectful and trusting relationships between adults and children, and demonstrate problem solving strategies. The curriculum includes activities that promote respect for others and verbal expression and understanding of feelings. Consistency and understanding the daily routine, reinforcing positive behavior, redirecting children and setting clear limits are the basis for facilitating self-control in children. Because we recognize that young children may not understand or remember the rules provided for their safety, these rules or limits are frequently restated and defined.
Though there are common limits and guidelines within the school, each teacher individualizes their responses according to each child and each situation. In response to potential aggressive and disruptive behavior staff will:
- Set clear, consistent expectations.
- Prevent or restrict a child from hurting self or others.
- Acknowledge child’s feelings of anger and frustration.
- Teach conflict resolution skills.
- Discuss behavior guidance strategies confidentially with the child’s parents.
In rare instances if a child is out of control with anger and frustration and poses a danger to him/her self and or others, the teacher will calmly and firmly remove the child from the situation. The teacher will stay with the child until he/she regains control. The teacher will then help the child work to a more appropriate resolution of the problem. The teacher will contact a parent to discuss any concerns. It is helpful to note changes occurring at home so we can better support the child through difficult times while at school.
If there is a continued pattern of inappropriate behavior, a parent/teacher conference will be scheduled to determine appropriate guidance and steps needed to best support the safety and most positive experience for the child as well as the other children in the classroom.
The Center works closely with other professional University and community agencies regarding consultation and referrals for children and families. We do not use material rewards, because we believe they diminish children’s intrinsic motivation.