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Jefferson Child Care and Education Center

Guiding Children's Behavior

The environment and social interactions of our childcare programs are structured to teach children self-discipline and self-control. Respect for the rights of the individual child, the group, and the adult are fostered.

Children feel more secure when they have limits that are appropriate and consistently enforced. Given limits, children can learn to make independent decisions. Children need the security of knowing that there are adults who will not let them go beyond reasonable boundaries when their own self-control fails them.

The goal of our program is to maintain appropriate limits, which allow children to explore and grow without harming other children or themselves by:

  • Providing consistency in enforcing limitations;
  • Responding to inappropriate behavior by redirection activities and providing positive alternatives;
  • Showing disapproval of the child’s act rather than the child;
  • Talking with and not to children in a natural voice;
  • Giving children positive attention and recognizing positive behaviors;
  • Helping children to express anger with words rather than inappropriate actions;
  • Involving the group in making rules;
  • Considering the individual needs of children as well as the needs of the group, whenever possible;
  • Providing a choice of developmentally appropriate activities;
  • Using encouragement rather than competition, comparison, or criticism;
  • Showing appreciation for children’s opinions responding to positive behavior, and using praise and approval.

The childcare curriculum is structured to allow children to select their own activities, which fosters independence and promotes children’s self-esteem. Conflict is minimized and independence is fostered when children are engaged in activities that are filling their individual needs.

In no instance shall a child be deprived of food, isolated, or subjected to corporal punishment or abusive physical exercise as a means of punishment either by staff or by another child.

Time Out

Time out is used to remove a child for a few minutes from an area or activity so that he or she may regain self-control. Positive discipline teaches respect and self esteem.