ABC will reduce the need for discipline by setting age appropriate, consistent limits and clearly communicating the rules of the classrooms. ABC’s goal is to provide an environment that gives children the opportunity to learn, explore and succeed with the use of praise and positive reinforcement to minimize the need for disciplinary action.
Our staff is trained to be consistent and nurturing towards each child. Reasonable expectations help to keep conflicts to a minimum. Disciplinary action is rarely required when children are kept in a stimulated, nurturing and creative environment.
ABC will not permit or tolerate the use of any abusive disciplinary methods, such as yelling, hitting, spanking, slapping, shaking, pinching, using profanity, withholding food or sleep, ridicule, embarrassment or humiliation of any child.
Methods of Discipline
1. Positive discipline, which shall include the following:
- Communicate to children using positive statements.
- Encourage children with adult support, to use their own words and solutions in order to resolve their own interpersonal conflicts.
- Communicate with children by getting down to their eye level and talking to them in a calm quiet manner about what behavior is expected.
2. Distraction: Change the child’s focus to an acceptable activity without confronting the inappropriate behavior.
3. Redirect: Anticipate problems and intervene beforehand with an appropriate solution.
4. Time out:
- Time out will not be used for a child under 2 years of age.
- Time out should not exceed more than 1 minute for each year of age of the child.
- Time out shall only be used for purposes of allowing the child to regain control.