Central Valley Child Care's CHILD BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE PLAN
Central Valley Child Care believes that all children should experience success. We strive for a classroom setting that provides children with opportunities to explore their environment within consistent, age-appropriate limits; in such an atmosphere, most behavioral issues are prevented. However, if behavioral issues occur, our philosophy is to help children learn human values, problem solving skills and to take responsibility for their own choices. By using the following progressive guidance techniques, we strive to minimize inappropriate behavior while creating a positive environment for all of our children:
I. Classroom Management Our teachers manage individual classrooms by: • Modeling and reinforcing appropriate behavior • Maintaining consistent supervision • Setting reasonable expectations for children’s behavior based on their developmental levels and individual differences • Becoming familiar with an individual child’s special needs • Providing interesting, challenging, age-appropriate activities
II. Ignoring Some negative behavior is exhibited by a child to seek attention; however, it can be stopped when it does not get the attention desired. We may utilize this technique when there are no safety issues involved.
III. Redirection / Distraction We will offer alternatives to children engaged in undesirable behavior by offering a different toy, suggesting a new activity, engaging the child in an activity with a teacher or another child, or by suggesting independent play.
IV. Verbal Intervention As teachers of young children we know that each behavior has a meaning. If a child is engaged in inappropriate behavior we will first try to help the child identify what they are feeling (your face looks like you might be angry, are you ok?) Next we remind the child of the limits or guidelines we follow (we share our toys). Then, if it is a conflict between two children we encourage them to use their words and come to a resolution. We ask them questions and give clues as to what they might do to solve their problem.
V. Logical Consequences
For many situations there are obvious logical consequences. We will let children experience logical consequences as is appropriate.
VI. Take a Break This is used when a child is engaging in behavior that is either dangerous to themselves or someone else or is disrupting a group and the tools described above have not altered their behavior. When a child is asked to "take a break" they are separated from the group (still in the classroom and supervised). The goal is for the child take some time to relax and calm down, and to enable him/her to not be influenced by peers. The process used for "Take a Break" is: • The child is assisted to an area in the room where he/she can be supervised at all times. The child will have access to activities and materials while in "Take a Break". • The child may return to the group as soon as the negative behavior stops or is significantly reduced. • "Take a Break" will not be used for children under the age of 18 months; instead, redirection or distraction techniques will be used.
• If "Take a Break" occurs two or more time in one day, parents will be notified when the child is picked up at the end of the day. • If "Take a Break" is not working effectively; the Persistent Inappropriate Behavior Procedure will be instituted.
GUIDELINES FOR PERSISTENT INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR Persistent inappropriate behavior is any inappropriate behavior which continues after the progressive guidance steps have been used; any behavior which threatens the health or safety of other children or staff; or a continuous inability to follow the rules and guidelines of our program.
Central Valley Child Care, Inc. will use the following progressive procedures: 1. We will observe and record the child’s inappropriate behavior 2. We will document what we have done to try to change the behavior. 3. If inappropriate behavior continues, parents will be asked to participate in an immediate parent-teacher conference. A specific action plan will be developed at this conference to address the behavior. The action plan will outline all steps the staff will take to change the behavior, all steps the parents will take, and all steps toward disenrollment if the behavior persists. 4. The Center Director may suggest outside resources to parents and we will work with any outside resource for further guidance in responding to the child’s behavior. 5. If the inappropriate behavior continues, parents may be asked to keep the child home for a day or two. A parent may also be required to pick their child up immediately due to inappropriate behavior. 6. If the inappropriate behavior persists after the child is kept home for several occasions, Central Valley Child Care will request the parent to dis-enroll the child.
GUIDELINES FOR IMMEDIATE DISENROLLMENT Certain behavior may cause a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of other children or staff. (For Example, a physical assault which results in serious bodily injury, an attempted physical assault which if completed, would result in serious bodily injury, setting or attempting to set fires, bringing weapons to the Center, substantial damage to real or personal property, etc.)
Central Valley Child Care, Inc. may disenroll any child whose behavior creates a significant risk of harm to the health and safety of other children or staff, without following the guidance steps outlined above.
OTHER FORMS OF DISCIPLINE Our policy does not permit the use of the following forms of discipline: • Corporal punishment • Emotional punishment, including ridicule, embarrassment, or humiliation • Punishing a child for lapses in toilet training habits • Withholding food, light, warmth, clothing or medical care • Physical restraint, other than the restraint necessary to protect a child or others from harm
Central Valley Child Care, Inc. 2009 2202 NW Bucklin Hill Rd Silverdale, WA 98383 (360)692-7708