for DayCare Centers
500 - DISCIPLINE
- Discipline shall be individualized and consistent for each child;
it shall be appropriate to the child's level of understanding and be directed
toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self control.
- Physical punishment shall not be administered to children.
- The length of time a child is placed in time out shall not exceed
one minute per year of child's age.
- Appropriate discipline techniques include:
- a. Look for appropriate behavior and reinforce the children with praise
and encouragement when they are behaving well.
- b. Remind the children on a daily basis of the rules by using clear positive
statements of how they are expected to behave rather than what they are not
supposed to do.
- c. Attempt to ignore minor inappropriate behavior and concentrate on what
the child IS doing properly.
- d. Use brief supervised separation from the group only when the child does
not respond to a verbal command which instructs the child as to how he or
she is supposed to behave.
- e. When a misbehaving child begins to behave appropriately, encourage and
praise small positive steps rather than waiting until the child has behaved
for a long period of time.
- f. Attend to the children who are behaving appropriately and other children
will follow their example in order to obtain your attention.
- g. When the entire group is behaving well, stop and do an activity that
they really enjoy in order to reward them for doing well.
- The following activities or threats of such activities are inappropriate
as disciplinary measures and shall not be used for children; these include,
but are not limited to:
- a. Restraints;
- b. Washing mouth with soap;
- c. Taping or obstructing a child's mouth;
- d. Placing unpleasant or painful tasting substances in mouth, on lips,
- e. Profane or abusive language;
- f. Isolation without supervision;
- g. Placing child in dark areas;
- h. Inflicting physical pain, e.g., hitting, pinching, pulling hair, slapping,
kicking, twisting arms, biting or biting back, spatting, swatting, etc; or
- i. Forcing physical activity, such as running laps, doing push-ups, etc.
- j. Associating discipline with food, rest, toilet training or illness.
- k. Shaming, humiliating, frightening, physically or mentally harming children
or labeling children.
- Discipline practices used by the center shall be discussed with
each child's parents and provided to them in writing at the time of enrollment
with a copy signed by the parent maintained in the child's record.