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Licensing Standards for Family DayCare

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152. The Caregiver shall have a written statement in plain language regarding the discipline and guidance of children. The statement on discipline shall be routinely provided to parents and substitute caregivers.

153. A Caregiver shall use positive developmentally appropriate methods of discipline and guidance of children which encourage self-control, self-direction, positive self-esteem and cooperation.

A. Praise, rewards and encouragement shall be emphasized along with redirection of inappropriate behavior, rather than punishment.

B. Responses to a child's behavior shall be appropriate to the child's level of development and understanding.

C. "Time-outs " if used, shall be employed as a supplement to, not a substitute for, other developmentally appropriate, positive methods of discipline and guidance.

i. "Time-out" shall be limited to brief periods: approximately one minute for each year of a child's age.

ii. The Caregiver shall discuss the reasons for "time-out" in language appropriate to the child's level of development and understanding.

D. Corporal punishments inflicted in any way on a child's body including shaking, hair pulling, biting, pinching, slapping, or spanking shall be prohibited.

E. Children shall not be humiliated, frightened, or verbally, physically or sexually abused.

F. Children shall not be deprived of food or toilet use as punishments.

G. Children shall not be tied or placed in mechanical restraints as punishment.

H. If a child is removed from the group as a discipline measure, the child must remain under visual supervision. Children shall never be left unattended behind closed doors.

I. Children shall not be punished for not going to sleep, toileting accidents, failure to eat all or part of food or failure to complete a prescribed activity.

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