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Behaviour Management Policy

Typically in a daycare setting you will find that the children will have conflict with one another.  This policy provides the children with the opportunity to learn sharing, respect and how to function in a large group setting.  Below is a list of ways that we deal with these situations. All staff is responsible for implementing the following discipline techniques:


Maintain Consistency- Have the same expectations for all children at all times.

Positive Reinforcement- Take the opportunity to point out when a child is doing a really good job. i.e. “ I really like the way you use your walking feet inside.”

Choices- provide choices whenever possible. i.e. “Billy, if your going to continue to dump the sand on the floor, you’re going to have to find another place to play”. Or “Sally I can see you are having a difficult time in the book area, so you can choose to go to the craft room or to the housekeeping section”.

Redirection- redirect an inappropriate behaviour so that it becomes appropriate. Tell the child what they can do instead of what they cannot do. i.e. “Walk please” instead of “Don't run”.

Problem Solving- teaching the children to solve their problems independently, i.e., two children are fighting over a toy and having difficulty settling the problem. First let each child tell his/her side of the story and then you can make a statement to summarize the situation. i.e. “it sounds like you both want to play with the horse”. After this the children, with your help if needed, come up with some possible solutions. “ Lets use the timer, one person plays with the horse for five minutes and when timer goes off that means the five minutes are up and the other person can have a turn.”

Time Out - A child who is behaving inappropriately; have him/her sit out (1 min. per year of age) by sitting in a chair. Staff must stay near the child on time out (so they won’t forget him/her) and speak to child about why the child has to sit out. Staff should also reassure the child that he/she is not mad at the child, but you didn’t like the behaviour.