All adults working with children at the Sault Cooperative Preschool
are committed to using, or learning to use better, positive methods of behavior management which encourage self-control, self-direction,
and self-esteem for each child. These methods insure healthy growth for the individual child and the group. Assistance in
managing and directing behavior and feelings is carried out in a context of living with children through each minute of the
day--listening, observing, structuring, informing, limiting, responding, and encouraging with warm, convincing and committed
No child will be allowed to hurt themselves, or others, nor disrupt
the play of others. Behavior management should be used positively and consistently in such a way as will
be helpful to the child, and will allow him/her to maintain a positive self-concept and his/her dignity. Troublesome
behavior should be dealt with as soon after the incident as possible, at a level appropriate to the child’s developmental
stage. Discipline should be related to the inappropriate behavior. The child should
understand the consequences of behavior. The teacher will inform the children what is expected of them (the rules of the school),
and will positively reinforce desirable behavior.
forms of discipline are:
Corporal punishment of children. This includes, but
is not limited to; striking a child directly or with any physical object; shaking; shoving;
spanking; other forms of aggressive contact; requiring or forcing a child to repeat physical
movements; or forcing food on the child.
Deliberate harsh, belittling or degrading
responses of any form, including verbal, physical and emotional, that would humiliate
a child or undermine a child’s self-respect.
Depriving a child of any of the usual comforts,
including food and clothing. Isolating, physically restraining,
or confining a child to a lockable room or structure.
Examples of Positive Methods
§ Sharing with children
what is expected helps avoid resistance or angry reactions.
Specific words or praise, or encouragement with respect, build cooperative
§ Adequate adult supervision
in appropriate places avoids problems developing.
Meeting individual needs with close relating.
· Get down to the child’s eye level when you can. Use positive suggestions in modulated, convincing
voice. State rules clearly and simply. Repeat if needed, and explain reasons or alternatives
within common sense limits.
may need to limit a child’s behavior for his/her, or other’s safety.
§ You may need to redirect an activity or
Let the child, or children work a problem or conflict out for themselves
if possible. Interrupt or intervene on an activity only when needed, or when you could add constructive