About Us - Discipline

Discipline & Guidance

Discipline must be:

  • Individualized and consistent for each child
  • Appropriate to the child's level of understanding
  • Directed toward teaching the child acceptable behavior and self-control

A caregiver may use only positive methods of discipline and guidance that encourages self-esteem, self-control, and self-direction, which include at least the following:

  • Using praise and encouragement of good behavior instead of focusing only upon unacceptable behavior
  • Reminding a child of behavior expectations daily by using clear, positive statements
  • Redirecting behavior using positive statements

There must be no harsh, cruel, or unusual treatment of any child. The following types of discipline and guidance are prohibited:

  • Corporal punishment or threats of corporal punishment
  • Punishment associated with food, naps, or toilet training
  • Pinching, shaking, or biting a child
  • Hitting a child with a hand or instrument
  • Putting anything in or on a child's mouth
  • Humiliating, ridiculing, rejecting, or yelling at a child
  • Subjecting a child to harsh, abusive, or profane language
  • Placing a child in a locked or dark room, bathroom, or closet with the door closed
  • Requiring a child to remain silent or inactive for inappropriately long periods of time for the child's age

The four main points to highlight in Endless Discoveries' Discipline and Guidance Policy are:

  • Treat each child with respect. Respect will promote positive attitudes towards caregivers and parents, as well as other adults in the child's life.
  • Explanation of inappropriate behavior and expectations of appropriate behavior. This will promote an understanding of the behavior the caregiver wants to see from the child as well as why inappropriate behavior is not accepted.
  • Consistency of rules among all caregivers. Consistency will help the child see that limit-testing will not be successful.
  • Discipline will consist of redirection for smaller children or removal from the activity and friends for older children. Removal will be termed "Chill-Out Time," and the caregiver will express to the child: (1) what the child did wrong, (2) how the caregiver expects the child to act better, and (3) the choice to act better when the child is finished thinking about their inappropriate choices. The child will be in control of their own "Chill-Out Time."

Damages

If your child causes any damages, such as broken windows, you will be held responsible. This damage does not include toys your child plays with or other items specifically for child purposes.