Our philosophy of discipline is to nurture the child’s problem solving techniques, social skills, and self-confidence through positive reinforcement, encouragement and modeled behavior. Children can acquire these skills through developmentally appropriate guidance and careful classroom management by the teachers and staff. The key element in using positive discipline techniques is to show respect in all cases.
The faculty set clear, consistent and fair expectations for classroom behavior. The expectations are discussed and supported by student input. The children help to create their classroom rules in the beginning of the school year, and are reviewed as needed. Supervision strategies as well as redirection of a child’s focus from a negative experience or behavior to a positive one is utilized. Time for reflection, calming down times and areas such as the library are also utilized. Providing choices and offering a variety of activities and materials is also a helpful strategy in classroom management and providing positive reinforcement when utilizing a re-direction process.
Open communication and modeling of polite language that the child can understand and use is crucial in developing empathetic children. Our staff values behavior as learning opportunities, they listen to children when they talk about their feelings or frustrations, and provide the appropriate language skills, and the good choice method. By taking the time to listen and understand the origin of a child’s behavior , it will help us as teachers to teach a more appropriate response and utilize problem solving skills.
The faculty of Hampton Lane Child Development Center work to provide a safe, environment for all the children. However, if a child’s behavior escalates, the parents will be informed and a conference may be requested between teachers, director and parents to discuss a behavior modification plan.