Behavior management policy
- 1. Children will be guided in a positive manner that is appropriate to their age and development.
- 2. Guidance will assist the children to learn self-discipline and appropriate behavior.
- 3. Limits or rules of activity or play area will be clearly outlined to all children. They will be repeated as needed.
- 4. Regular staff intervention will be in the form of praise, hugging, encouraging comments and reminders to children of acceptable behavior. Where possible intervention will permit logical consequences.
- 5. Staff will use soft, supportive voices, model acceptable behavior and not discuss the children’s misbehavior in front of them.
- 6. Children in attendance will be supervised by an adult at all times.
- 7. Snacks/meals – Children will be encouraged to feed themselves and to at least taste all foods. Force-feeding or withholding food and drink is not allowed.
- 8. Washrooms – Children will be assisted through the washroom routine according to the amount of adult help they require. Hands must be washed after going to the bathroom and before eating.
- 9. Transitions – Children will be streamed in small groups to the washroom and will not be made to wait without teacher directed activities. Children will sit on the bench in the hallway while waiting for their turn to use the facilities.
- 10. If anyone feels herself/himself losing patience with a child or a situation, it is important to ask someone for help or relief. This is not viewed as a weakness but rather as professionalism. It happens to everyone occasionally but should never be reason to penalize a child.
Methods of managing misbehavior
- 1. Wherever misbehavior is attention seeking it will be ignored, unless it poses a potential danger.
- 2. Children will be given a clear direction regarding the limits of the play area or routine.
- 3. Children unable to comply will be re-directed to another activity.
- 4. Children will be given a choice of 2 or 3 alternative activities.
- 5. Teachers will acknowledge the child’s feelings.
- 6. Teacher’s response to misbehavior will be in a soft, supportive voice. Focus of the intervention shall be on the deed not the child.
- 7. Where discipline is deemed necessary, teachers will use the least restrictive alternative. Time limited abstinence from an activity may be one alternative. A brief “time out” in a boring, quiet place where the teacher can observe the child is sometimes effective with preschoolers.