A Child's Place maintains written policies that guide our approach to major issues
and provide a common understanding of many practical and safety related
issues. Our policies reflect current state and federal regulations as well as best
practices in early childhood educaiton. We suggest that all parents become familiar with our policies
and we encourage you to contact your child's head teacher or the Executive
Director if you have any questions. Our programs and policies reflect the
contributions of all involved and are updated regularly to reflect parent
feedback as well as changes in state and federal regulations and best
Young children often respond physically to new and challenging situations, and the teaching staff at A Child’s Place is well educated in such issues and the developmental norms or expectations.
Aggressive behavior within an early childhood center is defined as any behavior which threatens a child’s physical and/or emotional safety. Behavior which continues after a teacher’s intervention and attempts to successfully resolve will be dealt with in the following manner:
- Families of both the child exhibiting the behavior and the recipient of that behavior will be notified and assessed of the situation. Teachers will inform the families of the methods and vocabulary used in the situation, as well as their children’s reactions.
- Should the behavior be repeated, the family of the child exhibiting the behavior will be asked to meet with the teacher and the director. A plan will be created that establishes methods of consistent direction and consequences between center and home. A commitment to communicate often and openly between center staff and family is mandatory.
- Center staff, administration, and family will meet to review the plan after a period of no more than ten days. If the behavior is subsiding, the parties will review the plan, make any necessary modifications, and continue the commitment until the teacher, director, and parents feel the behavior has been redirected to more appropriate channels.
- If the behavior is not subsiding, an outside consultant will observe the child within the classroom setting and then meet with the teacher, director, and parents. Recommendations will be discussed, with the final decision of action being at the judgment of the director.
- As a community dedicated to children and families, a serious commitment to retain the child within his/her classroom will be the primary goal. However, if the safety of the other persons within the classroom remains in jeopardy or if the family is reluctant to cooperate with the above outlined plan, dismissal from the program will ensue.
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