Children will never receive physical punishment at Candyland Child Development Center. When conflicts or problems arise, children will be encouraged to vocalize their emotions and concerns. Caregivers will help children in verbalizing their problems, and in finding solutions and natural, logical consequences. We believe in guiding positive behavior rather than punishing. “Time out” will only be used if a child’s behavior is out of control, endangering themselves or others, and needs time away to regain control. We will never humiliate, shame, or frighten a child as punishment. Our form of discipline is guiding and directing children towards acceptable behavior to learn the natural consequences of their actions. By being offered choices and opportunities to make their own decisions knowing what the natural consequences will be, children can begin to develop self-discipline. Caregivers will clearly state the choices and consequences in advance. Peer to peer problem solving will be strongly encouraged, helping children to use their words to express their feelings to one another instead of physical force.
The first time a child displays a behavior which puts another person in danger of being hurt, parents will be notified of the incident immediately. The second time it happens, the teachers will write an incident report and ask the parent to sign upon reading the report. If the behavior should continue and happen a third time, a meeting may be called between the teachers, parents, and director to come up with a plan of action to help the child through the behavior. If a parent refuses to meet with the teachers and director, this may be grounds for dismissal.
We understand that biting is a normal part of toddler development; however, the staff will take actions to reduce the number of incidents. Toddlers bite for a number of reasons such as lack of language, teething, and oral exploration. When biting incidents do occur, the staff will do their best to prevent or redirect the behavior. The appropriate first aid (washed, ice pack, and TLC) will be administered and an njury report will be completed for every incident. If a bite is particularly bad, or has broken the skin, we will call the parent to let them know about it before they pick their child up. The name of the biter will not be revealed to the parents of the bitten. If the behavior becomes problematic a meeting will be set up with the child’s parents, teachers, and director to establish a plan of action. Biting is not grounds for automatic dismissal.
When you feel your child is ready for toilet training, we ask that you begin teaching at home. We will follow through and encourage your child while they are in our care. Daily communication about how everything is going between the parent and teacher is very important. During this time, we ask that you provide 3 extra pairs of clothing.