Guidance and Discipline Policy

The term guidance describes the teaching and learning process by which children develop socially acceptable and appropriate behaviour as they grow to maturity. At Little Friends Childcare Centre, we strive to provide a safe healthy environment in which children feel secure.

While there are a wide variety of theories and approaches related to guidance, the goal remains the same – to assist children in developing self-control, self- confidence and self-discipline. We hope the children will be sensitive in their interactions with others.

1) Parents can expect the staff to:

  • demonstrate affection and caring to your child through appropriate forms of verbal and physical interaction.
  • establish clear, consistent and simple limits
  • state limits in a positive rather than a negative way
  • gain the child’s attention in a respectful way
  • recognize and label children’s feelings in situations which may be difficult for them
  • re-direction to a different activity is an effective way to diffuse a undesirable behavior
  • praise children with positive interactions,
  • parent /teacher collaboration is a positive way to help a child feel safe and welcome in the classroom
  • parents and teachers share information so the child will have consistency at home and at school
  • Listen to your child when they speak and respond with interest and respect

2) In accordance with the Child Care Licensing Regulation, July 19, 2016 Division 2. Behavioral Guidance section 51 and 52 the licensee (Little Friends’ Preschool) shall:

  • ensure that behavioral guidance is appropriate to the age and development of the child who is receiving the guidance
  • ensure that no child enrolled in a facility is, while under the care or supervision of the licensee,
    • subjected to shoving, hitting, shaking, spanking, confinement or physical restraint by another child
    • confinement or physical restraint by an employee except authorized in a care plan if the care plan includes instructions respecting behavioral guidance
    • subjected to harsh, belittling or degrading treatment by an employee or child , whether it be verbal, emotional or physical, that would humiliate the child or undermine the child’s self respect
    • separation, without supervision by a responsible adult ,from other children
    • as a form of punishment, deprived of meals, snacks, rest or necessary use of a toilet

3) a licensee must ensure that a child is not, while under care or supervision of the licensee, subjected to emotional abuse, physical abuse sexual abuse or neglect