DISCIPLINE & BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT POLICY
The guidelines for discipline at CCCDC are to foster and teach children to be independent self-monitors of their behavior that walk in Christian Love. This will be achieved through behavior guidelines provided by teachers and staff.
Children attending Cornerstone Christian Child Development Center will not be subjected to any form of corporal punishment, by the Director or any other staff of the facility. The definition of staff includes: any regular or substitute caregivers, volunteers, cooks, secretaries, janitors, vehicle drivers or any other individual who might come into contact with the children while providing services for CCCDC.
CCCDC INSTRUCTORS AND OTHER STAFF WILL PROVIDE VERBAL GUIDANCE BY:
- Speaking kindly to children
- Providing positive verbal praise when interacting with children
- Giving clear instructions
- Avoid making comparisons between children
- Giving positive directions and suggestions
- Modeling Christian values
- Promoting positive self-esteem
CCCDC INSTRUCTORS AND STAFF WILL PROVIDE BEHAVIORAL GUIDANCE BY:
- Supervising children for all activities (indoor, outdoor, and field trips)
- Planning developmentally appropriate classroom activities
- Ensuring that children know the consequences for inappropriate behavior
- Providing consistency in discipline practices
- Ensuring that teachers and staff will be positive role models
- Giving children choices
- Knowing and understanding the mental and emotional needs of the children
- Using Time Out immediately following physical aggression, hitting with objects, kicking, or biting (You received a copy of the Disciplinary Policy and an explanation of time out with your application packet)
CCCDC COMPLIES WITH GENERAL STATUES OF THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA:
- No child will be handled roughly in any way including shaking, pushing, shoving, pinching, slapping, biting, kicking, or spanking
- No child shall ever be disciplined for not sleeping during rest period
- No child shall ever be placed in a locked room, closet or box
- No child shall be disciplined for toileting accidents or any other accidents
- No child shall be delegated to providing discipline of another child
- Foods shall not be withheld as a means of discipline
"Time-out" is the removal of a child for a short period of time (3 to 5 minutes) from a situation in which the child is misbehaving and has not responded to other behavior management techniques. The "time-out" space, usually a chair, is located away from classroom activity but within the teacher's sight or in the administrative office. During "time-out," the child has a chance to think about the misbehavior which led to his/her removal from the group. After a brief interval of no more than 5 minutes, the teacher discusses the incident and appropriate behavior with the child. When the child returns to the group, the incident is over and the child is treated with the same affection and respect shown the other children.
(Adapted from original prepared by Elizabeth Wilson, Student, Catawba Valley Technical College)
REPORTING CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT
We understand the importance of family unity, however if a time arrives where upon any symptoms of suspected child abuse or neglect by a staff member or parent/guardian are brought to our attention, we are required by law to report it to the Pitt County Department of Social Services. This Center will abide by this law.