Grace United Methodist Church
615 North 22nd Street, Lafayette, IN 47904
GRACE DAY CARE DISCIPLINE POLICY
Definition: “Discipline” means the ongoing process of helping children to develop self-control for self-management while protecting and maintaining the integrity of the child.
Caregivers shall use positive discipline, which shall include the following:
Any person, while on child care premises, shall not engage in any of the following actions toward children:
· Inflict corporal punishment in any manner upon a child’s body.
· Hit, spank, beat, shake, pinch, or any other measure that produces physical discomfort.
· Cruel, harsh, unusual, humiliating, or frightening methods of discipline, including threatening the use of physical punishment.
· Placement in a locked or dark room.
· Public or private humiliation, yelling, or abusive or profane language.
Staff shall not associate disciplinary action or rewards with rest, food or
Caregivers shall not:
· Use time out for any child less than three (3) years of age.
· Use time out for any purpose other than to enable the child to regain control.
· Physically restrain children except:
§ when it is necessary to ensure their own safety or that of others;
§ Only for as long as is necessary for control of the situation.
· This Policy shall be distributed to parents and staff.
· Caregivers shall have ongoing communication between home and day care regarding all aspects of the care of the child.
· Caregivers shall document any history of recurring discipline problems and subsequent formal parent conferences in the child’s record.
· In cases of recurring or severe misbehavior, parents will be contacted so that we may work things out together.
· If the misbehavior continues the Director may place the child on a two week probationary period.
· If the situation does not improve, or a plan cannot be implemented for improvement during the probationary period, parents will have one week to withdraw their child from the Day Care.