Behavior Management Policy

The following shall be practiced:

1. Positive reinforcement is always practiced. We feel praising children for the good things they do will promote a feeling of self-worth and appropriate behaviours, therefore, avoiding inappropriate behaviours which may come about from negative feedback.

2. We always present a good role model. Children love to imitate the adults in their lives, so providing a good role model is very important.

3. We respect individual differences. We like to keep in mind that everyone has rights, worth and dignity. We also recognize the child’s need for security, belonging, recognition, affection and new experiences.

4. When inappropriate behaviour does occur, we believe in positively redirecting inappropriate behaviour. For example;

  • Let the child know what he/she MAY do
  • Give the child a choice
  • Direct the child to another activity
  • Give the child who has had the inappropriate behaviour directed towards him/her the attention
  • Help the child who has acted inappropriately to take responsibility for his/her actions

A brief ‘time out’ may sometimes be required. A child shall NEVER be placed alone in a room but may be moved from an activity for a period of quiet ‘thinking’ time.

5. If inappropriate behaviour continues over a period of time, or if the behaviour is harmful to others, we will speak to the parents. By doing this we feel we will gain a better understanding of the whole situation. We believe keeping the lines of communication open between home and school will help us better provide for children. Tips and tricks used at home specifically for your child are welcome!

We practice and expect; manners, respect and sharing from families, children and staff.

The following forms of discipline shall NOT be used:

1. Corporal punishment, including but not limited to the following;

  • Striking a child directly or with any physical object
  • Shaking, shoving, spanking, or other form of aggressive physical contact

2. Harsh, humiliating, belittling or degrading responses of any form, including verbal, physical or emotional.

3. Depriving a child of basic needs including food, clothing or shelter.