Behavior Management

When a child is having a difficult time following directions or treating others/equipment with respect, developmentally appropriate guidance techniques are used geared for each age level. These techniques are as follows:

  1. Positive reinforcement: Encouragement will be given when the child is demonstrating acceptable behavior:
    “Good listening Johnny,” or “Wow, you just picked up the blocks without me asking. Thank you, Jane!”
  2. Redirection: The child is redirected to another activity and given an opportunity to try again at another time. Changing the subject works:
    “Oh my goodness, I just saw a big black bird fly past the window!” A child often stops the whining or misbehavior and says, “Let me see, too!”
  3. “When... Then” statement: A statement in which a child is encouraged to accomplish something before going onto something else.
    “When you finish picking up the blocks, then you can go outside.”
  4. “If…Then” statement: A statement in which the child is encouraged to make a positive choice.
    “If you pick up the blocks, then you can go play dress-up.
  5. Being consistent: Children love consistency and routine. Children learn the daycare rules and feel good about themselves when our interaction with them is kind and positive. There are times when a toy needs to be removed, or when we have to remind the whole group about proper behavior. We then have a teaching moment on how to ask nicely for a toy. If taking turns is difficult at first, we use a timer. It is amazing how peer pressure works amongst the children themselves. Since we keep close supervision and a positive attitude, we by-pass much inappropriate behavior. We encourage parents to make sure their child gets proper rest at night. An over-tired child, who is not in the routine of taking a morning nap, can not only wear him/herself out, but also change the mood in the whole daycare.
For more information, see our behavior manangement policies and procedures.