Behavior Management Philosophy

Once a child is old enough to understand the rules and disobeys them, by exhibiting inappropriate behavior (hitting, aggression, etc), hurts others, or property, the following developmentally appropriate guidance techniques will be used.

  1. Positive Reinforcement: The child will be encouraged when he or she is demonstrating acceptable behavior.

   2. Redirection: The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time.

   3. Time-Out: The child is separated from the group for an age appropriate amount of time (one minute per one year of age). This technique is only used when a child repeatedly will not follow our directions or listen to our words, is exhibiting temper tantrum type behavior, or hurting oneself, others or equipment. When the child shows that he or she is ready to demonstrate acceptable behavior, they are encouraged to join the rest of the group to try again.

   4. Last Resort: When a child's behavior is continually upsetting or dangerous to others, a conference will be called with the parents. If the problems cannot be resolved, arrangements will have to be made for the child to go elsewhere for care.

   5. No child will be hit, spanked, belittled, or otherwise intimidated while in my care. No corporal punishment will be used, including by parent/guardian when on the premise. Children will be treated with courtesy, respect, and patience.

   6. Parents should be immediately notified major or re occurring  behavior challenges identified .

   7. Parents should ensure they understand the policies and please approach me  for necessary clarification.