Guidance Philosophy

  • At Parkway Village Child Care Center, we believe children are unique individuals, whose behavior and development are affected by their culture, their environment and their experiences.

    The main goal of discipline and guidance is to help young children begin to develop their own inner controls. Never is the goal to punish.

    We also believe that partnership between parents, child and caregiver is crucial to a healthy and happy coexistence in a daycare setting.

    Effective guidance is knowing how to develop attitudes and plan an environment where children can succeed.

    We build trust in the children under our care by listening to them, by giving brief explanations and reasons, by avoiding blaming and jumping to conclusions, by keeping promises and by providing an environment that is calm, joyful, predictable and invites cooperation. Children need to know what the limits are that those limits will be consistently enforced.

    Rules needed are few and will fit into three categories:

    1. Health and Safety
    2. Rights of others
    3. Care of property

    These rules are enforced in the following way:

    • Remainders
    • Review limits calmly and positively as needed
    • Remember to acknowledge the child’s feelings
    • Provide alternatives and redirect when appropriate
    • Discuss briefly the consequence for the child’s specific attention
    • Time away: the child is provided with a quiet are to play with toys and equipment and will be welcomed back into the group when he/she is ready
    • Time out: the child is asked to leave the immediate are and has full view of the main group. Guideline is one minute for each year of the child’s age.
    • Supervisor assisted time out: used as a last resort technique, this must never be used punitively. Used when a child exhibits out of control behavior, that is unsafe to himself, other children or staffs members and is destructive to the environment.

    A staff member may hold or sit with a child using only sufficient strength to protect the child. The intention of this technique is to sooth the child until self control is regain, making sure to use comforting phrases as, “I know that you are angry. You will be alright”