Guidance and Discipline
The basis of the guidance and discipline policy at Crayons Early Learning Center is to encourage positive behavior and to facilitate empathic social learning since children generally desire positive attention from the adults around them, negative behavior is greatly diminished when those adults provide a supportive nurturing environment.
The staff provides a safe, hazard free setting with careful supervision. The center’s daily scheduling, curriculum plans, room arrangements and staffing patterns are designed to promote positive and enjoyable learning experiences, including respectful and trusting relationships between adults and children. Consistency and an understanding of the daily routine along with positive behavior, redirecting children and setting clear limits are the basis for facilitating self-control in children. It is our policy that discipline be positive. Discipline is not a punishment. It is a way of helping children understand why his/her behavior is inappropriate and how they might modify their behavior.
Within the center, limits and rules are clearly defined, consistent with and in accordance with the appropriate development and age of each child, and the program in general. We focus strongly upon the reinforcement of acceptable behavior, and the prevention of undesirable behavior by being ourselves, responsive to the needs of the children.
Biting is common on a childcare environment. Reasons for biting include teething, sensory exploration, autonomy and control, peer interaction imitation, frustration, anxiety, and curiosity. It occurs most frequently when a child is tired, frustrated, or over stimulated.
What do we do what it happens?
Attend to the recipient first. Complete an accident report for every incident. Report broken skin to the director and the child’s parents as quickly as possible. The biting child will be redirected to appropriate activities. Parents of the children involved will be notified. However, neither the parents of the bitten child nor the parents of the biting child will be given a name of the other child involved in the incident. If the child has bitten several times in a short period of time, an intervention plan will be developed by the teacher(s), the director, and the child’s parents. If a child continues to bite with little or no sign of improvement, the learning center reserves the right to temporarily exclude that child from the center. The child will be excluded if it is determined the safety of other children is being compromised or the child is unable to handle the stress of being in a group care and needs a smaller group environment.
Crayons Early Learning Center for their safety and the safety of other we require that all sick children be picked up within one hour of a parent or guardian being called .
We want to make sure that all of the children here get the best possible care. If a child becomes ill while at the Center, he/she will be taken to the front office and a parent will be contacted. It is essential that you keep the information on your Emergency Information Card up to date so you can be reached if your child becomes ill. Any child experiencing the following symptoms will be sent home:
- A fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher
- Contagious skin or eye infection
- Profuse nasal discharge
Your child must be symptom-free for 24 hours before returning to the Center. Please notify the Center if your child becomes infected with a contagious disease such as whooping cough, German or regular measles, mumps, chicken pox, diphtheria, conjunctivitis, ring worms, step throat, scarlet fever, etc. The director will notify parents of other children who may have been exposed.