The safety of all children is Wonder Years' priority. Respect for other people and their property is required. A Child self-image must be protected at all times, and it is made clear that it is the child' s behavior and not the child himself/herself that is in question. Students are asked to explore alternative behavior. They are also asked to examine the effects of their behavior on others, to help them develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and to develop further consideration for others. The Teacher, often with the help of the parent(s) handles a disciplinary problem.

The following guidelines will be used, in accordance with EEC and Wonder Years:
Age appropriate classroom rules will be established in each room. Teachers will be kind but firm in upholding these rules.
All children will participate in reviewing the classroom rules and will discuss appropriate behavior with the Teacher daily. Teacher will encourage the children to solve their own personal problems and praise them for doing so.
A three step process shall be used when setting limits with children:
1. Discussion and warning
2. Reminder of discussion, second warning and explanation of consequences, if a third step is needed.
3. Reminder of step 2 and then follow through with the consequence.*
* Time-out will be used at the discretion of either the Teacher or the child if the situation becomes overwhelming. Time-out is age appropriate and never more than five minutes.
(e.g. 2 years ' 2 min) The use of time out should be very limited. A time- out is an opportunity for a child who is out of control and at risk of harming himself/herself or others, to calm down and gain control once again. A time- out is never to be used as a punishment. A time-out shall never be demeaning ( forcing a child to sit in a corner or put his head down). Again, it is an opportunity to gain control of oneself, so that the child and adult can discuss the situation and a more appropriate action may be taken.

No child shall be subjected to cruel or severe punishment, humiliation of verbal abuse.
Corporal punishment shall not be used.
No child will be denied food as punishment.
No child will be punished for soiling, wetting or not using the toilet

When dealing with younger children, our Teachers use the following strategies:

Often Teachers will distract or divert the child's attention from inappropriate behavior.
The child is given a choice of two appropriate actions

The younger child is helped in recognizing others feelings. The Teacher stresses the importance of words when working out their problems. The Teacher will often model the appropriate responses for their children involved.

In support of our efforts to provide a safe and peaceful environment, we ask that parents do not allow their children to bring in toys of violence, such as gun and super heroes.

We advice parents to monitor their child's TV programs at home as many children re- enact the violent scenes they see on TV such as hitting, punching, kicking etc. They do not always understand that these actions can hurt their playmates
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