Child Guidance Policy
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The goal of ECDC is self-discipline.  Teachers have extensive training in child development and are experienced in helping children to achieve self-discipline and self-control.  Children are encouraged in participating in the development of rules, when possible.


Behavior management will occur in a way to maximize each child’s growth and development.  Teachers will above all make sure that each child or group of children is safe.  Activities will be set up to allow children to make choices, and all expectations made of children will be positive and reasonable.  Children will always be given the opportunity to verbalize their feelings.  Teachers will intervene quickly when children are physically aggressive with one another and will help them develop more positive strategies for resolving conflicts.


Discipline occurs in a quiet, non-threatening manner.  Humiliating or derogatory remarks will never be directed at a child.  A child will be given reminders of the behavior expected and alternatives to the inappropriate behavior exhibited.  In some cases the child will be redirected to another area of the classroom or to another activity.  If the inappropriate behavior persists, the teacher will lead the child to a quiet part of the classroom to discuss the problem.  Sometimes it is necessary for children to be removed from the group.  If this time out technique is used, it will take place in a quiet part of the classroom and will be until the child is able to rejoin the group, but no longer than five minutes.  The teacher will verbally share this information with the child’s parents.  In some cases, if a child’s behavior is dangerous or out of control parents may need to be called during the school day and asked to take the child from school for the rest of the day .  If aggressive behavior continues, the constructive action plan will be initiated and parents will be notified that the next step after that may be the suspension and/or termination of enrollment. In some cases, a referral for evaluation of the child may be made.


Corporal punishment is not used.  No child is subjected to humiliation or verbal abuse.  No child is denied food as a form of punishment.  No child will be forced to eat something he/she does not want to eat.  No child is to be punished for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet.