Discipline Policy

Limits and rules will be set with the participation of the children.  Every effort will be made to ensure that your child understands the set rules, limits and consequences regarding the safety and rights for themselves, other children and the physical facilities.

The teacher and volunteer parents will use a positive, encouraging and supportive approach to help the children learn to appropriately interact and cooperate in a group setting.  All efforts will be made to deal with any class problems in a manner that is respectful to all of the children. A child having difficulty in a situation will be encouraged to express and verbalize his/her feelings. Our teachers and volunteers will implement acceptable means (calming down techniques, redirecting the child to another activity, modeling appropriate words) to work through any classroom challenges.

Children respond to different strategies to help them learn appropriate social behaviors. One such strategy may be a “time out” or to go to a quiet centre.  It is at the discretion of the teacher to determine which strategy may be the most effective, given the nature of the situation and the child or children involved. The teacher may also direct the parent volunteer to assist her in resolving any classroom difficulties (i.e., sitting next to a child who is having difficulty settling during circle time).

If a child is having difficulty cooperating in the class, activities will be chosen with adult assistance, or the child may be re-directed to an activity that does not require group participation.  The child will be encouraged at all times to be responsible for his/her own actions and feelings.  If a child is having consistent difficulty with appropriate classroom behavior, the teacher will contact the parent to make them aware of the situation and to ask for their assistance in resolving the classroom problem.

The staff’s role is to provide an environment where children’s positive self-image is fostered.  We believe that each child can gain a positive self-image through meeting the challenge of disciplining their own thoughts, feelings and actions in order to enjoy a positive group social experience.  Each child will be encouraged through positive reinforcement and praise in response to acceptable behavior.

If a child consistently behaves in a manner that is not aligned with the expectations of the classroom and does not respond to the teacher’s behavior strategies within a reasonable period of time, the teacher will report the issue to the Chair, Vice-Chair and Parent/Teacher Liaison. A meeting will be called to include the child’s parents, the teacher and one of these said committee members.  The child will be placed on a two-week probationary period.  If, at the end of this period, the teacher and committee concur that the behavior still persists and is disruptive to the classroom, the parents will be asked to withdraw their child from the preschool.

In the event that a child is removed from the preschool, the parent agrees that one month’s notice is deemed to have been given to the school by the parent.  The parent is financially responsible for payment to the school of no more than one month’s fees from that time.

Revised September 2006



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