. . . discipline policy
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
  • 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.