Effective childcare practice involves the combination of discipline and caring. Discipline describes the learning process by which children develop socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour as they grow to maturity. Our policy on discipline begins with the Three R’s: Remind, Redirect and Remove. We believe in assisting children in the development of self-control, self-confidence, and problem-solving techniques. Staff is always present and available to comfort and encourage each child’s verbal expression of anger, frustration, and any other emotion or feeling they may be experiencing.
A Child Centered Approach
When inappropriate behaviour is used, such as harm done to one’s own body (both physical and emotional), someone else’s body, or damage to equipment, we provide a ‘time alone’ period. This method allows the child to gain control of his or her body while they assess the situation. Our Child-Centered approach allows the child to make the decision when to return to the group. Underlying our approach is the recognition that each child is a unique individual, and as such, a child’s unique experience, environment, development level, and culture will influence his or her behaviour.
Implemented by Staff
Plan for Positive Outcomes
All staff plan for the needs of the children, their development and personality. Staff are constantly arranging the environment and intervening BEFORE play deteriorates.
Recognize and Reinforce Positive Behaviours
Our staff show and express genuine approval when children are engaged in positive activities.
Project a Cheerful Attitude
Our staff are enthusiastic and call upon their sense of humour. This approach allows children to appreciate the funny side of things.
Encourage the Children
Encouragement indicates that we appreciate the child’s effort and this provides them with the impetus to explore and initiate.
Give Praise or Compliments
Praise is given for what children do and accomplish. It is not flattery. Non-verbal or indirect praise can also reinforce children’s good feelings about themselves. Non-verbal praise includes a smile, a nod, and a pat on the shoulder.
Sometimes you can change your mind. Rules can change if it’s sensible and appropriate to change them.
Relate Clear And Positive Messages
Our staff make requests using clear, precise, and positive language which is keeping with the child’s development level. Each of our educators and caregivers say clearly what they want to have happen.
Do NOT Reinforce Inappropriate Behaviour
If using this method, all staff must be working together so that one person does not reinforce the poor behaviour that others are ignoring. The child may need to be removed from the audience or the audience from the child.
Choices must be real choices that are clearly understood by the child and are acceptable to the staff.