We do not think of discipline as punishment. Our goal is to help each child develop self control and a sense of respect for themselves and others. We strive to create a child care environment that encourages children to make positive choices. The word DISCIPLINE means TO TEACH. Discipline is the key to learning. A child finds security where there is discipline. He/she must know what you expect from him/her before he/she can follow your instruction. Effective discipline teaches children behavior that is right for that time and place. Praise and positive reinforcement are our first methods of behavior management of children. When children receive positive, nonviolent, and understanding interactions from parents, teachers and others, they develop good self concepts, problem solving abilities, and self-discipline.
Rules and consequences are a reality of everyday life, and children need to learn how to understand these difficult concepts. Part of natural child development includes “testing” rules and boundaries. We use “time-out” as a consequence, but as a last resort. This allows a child to calm him/herself and reinforce the concept that rules are a natural part of a safe, consistent environment.
When inappropriate behavior occurs, it is corrected through explanation, redirection and diversionary techniques. Discipline is carried out in a non-threatening, positive manner that is appropriate to the child’s level of development. Spanking and other forms of corporal punishment are not permitted under any circumstances.