Little Blessings Daycare Disciplinary Policy

Little Blessings Daycare does not permit use of physical punishment, including spanking. Staff may not single out a child for ridicule, threaten harm to the child or the child’s family, and may not specifically aim to degrade a child or child’s family. They may not use harsh, demeaning or abusive language in the presence of children. We use the following disciplinary techniques where they are age appropriate:

 

Giving Choices

Problem Solving

Natural and Logical Consequences

Ignoring

Redirecting

Time out

Discipline does not mean punishment. Discipline is teaching a child how to be safe, how to behave on his/her own and how to know the difference between right and wrong. The staff will use praise and positive methods of discipline and guidance to encourage self-expression and self-direction of the children in care. The limits may be set at times in order to keep children from losing control or causing harm to themselves or others. Time Out is one way to handle a situation and allows the child to regain control of his/her actions and feelings. Time away from the group will not exceed the following schedule. A timer will be used.

 

Toddlers - 30 seconds to 2 minutes

Preschoolers - 3 to 5 minutes

School Age - 5 to 10 minutes

Positive ways to channel children’s emotions and handling misbehavior include:

Redirect negative behavior to an acceptable activity by gently encouraging the child to change activities

Ignore the behavior

Help child understand consequences to behavior

Limit choices

Use humor

Use the resources available at the daycare or ask for assistance with specific situations you are uncomfortable handling

We never humiliate, frighten, or abuse a child in our care. We respect their feelings and let them know whatever they are feeling is okay--but it is a way they express it that we want to help them control. We let the children know our feelings. We tell them we are not upset with them, but with their actions. We communicate with the children and model positive behaviors for them to imitate.

We consult with parents since they know their child best. We emphasize the partnership between caregiver and parent in an attempt to defuse a tense situation involving a problem with the child’s behavior.

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