The purpose of discipline is to help children learn ways of behaving that are acceptable to themselves and others. With very young children, this usually means setting limits for their safety, the safety of others and the safety of property. Young children need to be reassured that the people who care for them will guide and protect them. All behavior has a reason and it is part of our behavior management to find out the cause of the behavior before setting a program to help a child deal with those difficult times. Our schedule and activities are planned in order to prevent behavior problems and to recognize the unique needs of the young child. When behavior issues do occur, we will access the cause of the problem and gain help, support and advice from the parents. Discipline is primarily the responsibility of the classroom teacher with the support and counseling of the administration.
Teachers facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance techniques such as modeling and encouraging expected behavior, redirecting children to a more acceptable activity, and setting clear limits for the benefits and safety of all children. We strive to provide gentle guidance along with appropriate limits. Our staff guides the children to develop self-control and orderly conduct in relationship to peers and adults. Aggressive physical behavior towards staff and children is unacceptable.
Teachers will intervene immediately when a child becomes physically aggressive and encourage more acceptable behavior. We encourage children to make choices and allow them to experience the natural consequences (as long as the consequences are not dangerous) of making unacceptable choices.
Under NO circumstances will physical punishments be used. “Time out” (removal of a child from an activity or the group), or removal of privileges, when used sparingly, are considered to be appropriate disciplinary methods.