We believe that most discipline problems can be avoided through a combination of:
- Knowledge of developmental growth patterns and needs of children at different ages and stages
- Environments that facilitate emerging skills without causing frustration and competition
- Activities that encourage and gently stimulate children’s natural curiosity
- Routines that are consistent and give children security and stability.
All discipline used must be:
- Individualized and consistent for each child
- Appropriate to the level of the child’s understanding
- Directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control
To manage behavior in a positive way we use:
- Positive reinforcement
- The offering of appropriate choices
- Praise and encouragement of good behavior instead of focusing only on unacceptable behavior
- Reminders of behavior expectations using clear, positive statements
Discipline techniques that are NEVER used include:
- Corporal/physical punishment
- Yelling, abusive, or demeaning language
- Shaming or humiliation
- Deprivation of food, nap or bathroom privileges
If a child’s behavior is dangerous to himself/herself or if the child is unable to calm down, the child will be briefly separated from the group until he/she is ready to continue the class activity. While the child is briefly separated, an adult will do calming activities with the child. These may include; a walk around the school, reading a book, or cuddling with a stuffed animal or blanket.
Continual discipline problems will be referred to the Director, who will schedule a conference with the parents.
If we feel that our program is not suitable for a child or that a child requires more attention than we are able to provide, then we reserve the right to disenroll a child at any time.