Discusses the difference between discipline and punishment, how to discipline a young child, steps to positive behavior, dealing with power struggles and management techniques.
a. Understanding Each Child is Unique
The licensee shall have an understanding of the individual child's needs and stage of development. The licensee shall promote the child's developmentally appropriate social behavior, self control and respect for the rights of others.
b. Providing Fair Discipline
The licensee shall ensure behavior management and discipline practices are fair, reasonable, consistent, and related to the child's behavior. Staff shall not administer cruel, unusual, hazardous, frightening, or humiliating discipline.
c. Implementing Behavior Management
The licensee shall be responsible for implementing the behavior management and discipline practices of the center. The child in care shall not determine or administer behavior management or discipline.
The licensee shall prohibit and prevent:i.
i. Corporal punishment by any personon the premises including: Biting, jerking, shaking, spanking, slapping, hitting, striking, or kicking the child; or other means of inflicting physical pain or causing bodily harm.
ii. The use of a physical restraint meant to injure the child.
iii. The use of a mechanical restraint for disciplinary purposes, locked time-out room or closet
iiii. The withholding of food as a punishment
e. Emergency Situations
In emergency situations a staff person competent in the use of restraint methods may use limited physical restraint when:
i. Protecting a person on the premises from physical injury
ii. Obtaining possession of a weapon or other dangerous objects
iii. Protecting property from serious damage
The licensee shall document any incident involving the use of physical restraint.