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Licensing Standards for DayCare Centers


R9-5-909
Discipline and Guidance

A. Disciplinary measures shall meet the child's age, intellectual development and emotional needs. All discipline shall be used to teach a child acceptable behavior, not as punishment or retribution.

B. Facility personnel shall define and maintain consistent, reasonable rules and set limits for children and shall model and encourage acceptable positive behavior.

C. A child whose behavior is uncontrolled may be restrained by being firmly held by day care personnel only when all of the following conditions apply:

  1. It is necessary to prevent harm to the child or others.

  2. It occurs simultaneously with the uncontrolled behavior.

  3. It does not impair the child's breathing, and

  4. Personnel shall use only the amount of restraint necessary to bring the behavior under control.

D. A child may be isolated Mom other children for unacceptable behavior but shall be kept in full view of child care personnel for periods not longer than three minutes after the child regains composure Under no circumstances shall a child be isolated for more than ten minutes. No child may be isolated or locked into any closet, laundry room, garage, shed, structure, or room.

E. Disciplinary and guidance techniques and methods shall not be used which are:

  1. Detrimental to the health or emotional needs of the child,

  2. Humiliating or frightening to a child,

  3. Corporal punishment.

  4. Associated with eating, napping, or toileting,

  5. Medications or mechanical restraints and devices, or

  6. Administered or performed by other children.

F. If the children of the provider or facility personnel receive discipline inconsistent with that specified above, the discipline may not be performed in the presence or hearing of the enrolled children.

G. Only day care group home personnel shall be allowed to discipline an enrolled child.

Historical Note

Adopted as an emergency effective July 3, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41 -1026, valid for only 90 days; Emergency rule readopted and amended effective September 28, 1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp.89-3).
Emergency rule readopted effective December 27,1989, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 89-4).
Emergency rule readopted effective April 3, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-2).
Emergency expired. Emergency rule readopted effective July 9, 1990, pursuant to A.R.S. § 41-1026, valid for only 90 days (Supp. 90-3). Emergency rule permanently adopted with changes effective October 4, 1990 (Supp. 90-4).


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