As childcare professionals, we are committed to providing a supportive environment where children can experience and grow together. This commitment and basic respect for children is intended to help children learn self-discipline as they build self-esteem. It is our understanding that children will develop effective behaviors that are personally self-fulfilling, productive, and socially acceptable.
Discipline and guidance will be consistent and based on the understanding of the child’s needs and development. At Together We Grow, discipline is directed towards the growth and development of each child and for protecting the group and individuals within our program.
The following guidelines have been developed to enable us to create a consistent and caring environment that teaches children to behave in responsible ways and to feel good about themselves.
A. Positive reinforcement
We use positive reinforcement to encourage constructive, thoughtful behavior and cooperation (attention, loving affection, eye contact, smiles, etc.).
B. Recognizing feelings
We use active listening to get to the cause and feelings behind negative behavior. Often verbalizing these feelings are enough to give the child the control to stop the behavior. If not, we apply the rules.
C. Stating the rules
1) No hurting (physically or emotionally; intentionally).
2) No malicious teasing.
3) All equipment is for everyone to use; take turns, sharing is taught.
4) No throwing or abuse of equipment.
D. Treating Inappropriate behavior
5) Stating feelings about the behavior.
6) Active listening session concerning possible causes and feelings.
7) Discussion of natural consequences of behavior.
8) Reminders of the rules and the reason for them.
9) Brief “Time-outs”: short, quiet time away from other children to regain self-control
10) Parent conference if behavior continues.
When incidences of inappropriate behavior occur, parents of the children involved are informed.
Confidentiality of each child is respected.