I believe that all children should experience success. I strive for a setting that provides children with opportunities to explore their environment within consistent, age-appropriate limits. In this atmosphere, most behavioral issues are prevented. However, if behavioral issues occur, my philosophy is to help children learn human values and problem-solving skills and take responsibility for their
Ignoring: Some negative behavior is produced by a child to get attention. It can be stopped when it does not get the attention desired. I will use this technique unless a safety issue is involved.
Redirection/Distraction: I offer alternatives to children engaged in undesirable behavior by presenting a different toy, suggesting a new activity, or encouraging independent play.
Verbal Intervention: I explain the inappropriate behavior to the child and show him/her the appropriate way to handle the situation with words.
Logical Consequences: I help the child understand the logical consequences of his/her actions by removing the object or activity the child is engaged in.
Take a Break: The child is separated from the group to allow him/her to relax and calm down. The child will have access to activities and will be supervised while in Take a Break. The child may return to the group as soon as the negative behavior stops.
If these positive guidance techniques are not working effectively and inappropriate behavior persists, I will inform the parent(s) and ask them to participate with me to help resolve the inappropriate behavior. If the inappropriate behavior continues for more than 2 weeks, I will request that the parent(s) dis-enroll the child.