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Discipline Policy
Last Revision Date 10/20/2015

Preschool children are beginning to learn responsibility for their own actions. It is our goal to guide them in continuing to develop this respect for themselves. Young children are beginning to learn that what they do affects other people. It is our responsibility to give them feedback and help them grow in respecting the rights and feelings of other people.

At St. Thomas More Preschool we do not hit or paddle children. Hitting as a form of punishment rarely stops inappropriate behavior, but does cause confusion and anger. At the preschool we do not shout or yell at children. Shouting usually frightens children and distracts them from the problem.

Derogatory remarks will not be made in the presence of children about family members or about the children themselves.

No child or group of children will be allowed to discipline another child.

No child will be deprived of meals or any part of meals for disciplinary reasons. No severe, cruel, unusual, or unnecessary punishment is permitted.

Acceptable behavior is encouraged by giving positive verbal rewards. This reinforces a child's good feeling about his/her behavior and serves as an example to the other children to act in a way that receives this praise.

For a child not cooperating in a group listening situation, the child is seated by a teacher and reminded of acceptable behavior.

Removal from the group for "time out" is the next tactic used for a child who continually displays unacceptable behavior. This "timeout" is not a punishment, but a time when the child may calm down, remember what behavior the teacher is asking for, and decide for him or herself when he or she is ready to rejoin the group with appropriate behavior. Any separation from the group will always be within sight and hearing of the staff, and the length of time will be related to the child’ age and maturity, never to exceed ten minutes.

All children and staff members shall be protected and provided a safe and secure environment. Children displaying any of the following actions must leave school for the remainder of the day:

  • ?Harming children or adults.
  • Total disrespect of authority. (refusing to go to time out, talking back to adults)

If behavior problems persist, the parents are asked to a conference to discuss what may be helpful in motivating their child to behave in an acceptable way. When necessary, we will contact the STM school counselor for guidance. All action will be taken with the written approval of the parents.

Licensing regulations require the following information per their policies which we previously stated and adhere to:
Physical or corporal punishment which includes but is not limited to yelling, slapping, spanking, yanking, shaking, pinching, exposure to extreme temperatures or other measures producing physical pain, putting anything in the mouth of a child, requiring a child to exercise, or placing a child in an uncomfortable position.

Verbal abuse, which includes but is not limited to using offensive or profane language, telling a child to “shut up”, or making derogatory remarks about children or family members of children in the presence of children.

The threat of a prohibited action even if there is no intent to follow through with the threat; being disciplined by another child; being bullied by another child; being deprived of food or beverages; being restrained by devices such as high chairs or feeding tables for disciplinary purposes.

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