POLICIES:

Guidance and Discipline

No one strategy is effective in every situation or with every child.  Therefore, staff need to use any/a lot of techniguqes in order to be successful with the children.

  • Communication Techniques
  • Preventative Techniques
  • Other Techniques

Holding Technique

In cases where a child is harmful to himself, others, or the equipment or has lost control and the ability to reason, he or she may be held with just sufficient strength to protect the child, others or the equipment. The intent of this strategy is to sooth the child until self-control is regained.

The role of the educator in the discipline process will be to teach self control. Positively worded guidance, clearly stated expectations and rules and the direction of behavior to that of socially acceptable will be used to prevent behavior problems. No child will be subjected to harsh, belittling or degrading treatment, whether verbal, emotional, or physical that would humiliate the child or undermine the child’s self respect. Appropriate social skills such as problem solving, sharing and cooperation will be taught, modeled and encouraged. Logical consequences to problematic behavior will be allowed to occur- such as fixing blocks broken as a result of rough play and helping a child that is hurt as a result of the other child’s behavior. Time out (maximum 2 minutes) and removal of privileges or acitivites may be used to respond to behavior problems exhibited by children when all other strategies have not been effective.

Please advise the centre if any of the above strategies is ineffective with your child or if you have suggestions of techniques which work with your child.

Thank you.

Health and Sickness Guidelines for Parents & Staff

In the interest of good health and for the benefit of all children attending the centre, necessary guidelines have been established to assist in deciding whether or not your child is well enough to attend the centre.

1. Most children’s illnesses start with a fever. Fever usually indicates that the child is fighting some form of illness and at this time is contagious. Do not send your child to the centre until 24 hours after the fever has abated and/or until symptoms have subsided.

2. If your child has been vomiting or had diarrhea overnight he/she should not attend the centre for at least 24 hours and/or until other acute symptoms have subsided.

3. If your child is on antibiotics he/she continues to be contagious for 24 hours after the first dose of mediciation and should not return to the centre until this time has elapsed.

4. It is not the policy of the centre to administer patent medicine (over the counter drugs). These medications should be given before the child leaves home. We are allowed to administer prescription medication from a pharmacist labeled bottle with your written permission (Medical consent form) for each prescription. This is in addition to the blanket consent form for emergencies.

5. We cannot accept children who have communicable childhood diseases. (Chicken pox, measles, scarlet fever, mumps, conjuctivities.)

6. Please advise the centre immediately as you become aware of your child having a communicable disease, or having been in contact with the same. The staff will then advise other parents.

7. Please provide a Doctor’s written proff or the child’s passport of up-to-date immunizations.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s state of health, call your Doctor or Public Health Nurse.

Parent Awareness

Because our center is located in an earthquake prone area, we ask you to be aware of the center’s earthquake policies and procedures. Additional information for home preparation is available in the telephone book under the heading of ‘Earthquake’ and ‘First Aid’.

We are prepared to care for children in the event of a critical situation, or if parents are not able to reach the center. We have emergency supplies and first-aid supplies and will attempt to be in communication with local emergency services. We do ask for your help in the following areas…

  • Please do not phone the center, we must have the lines open for emergency calls.
  • Following an earthquake or other emergency, do not drive to the center; streets and access to the center may be cluttered with debris; the center access route and street entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles.
  • Do turn your transistor or car radio to CBC radio frequency 690AM or CKNW 980AM. Following a disaster/emergency, city reception centers for long-term care will be activated in our area and information and direction will be given over the radio.
  • As soon as it is safe to travel, we request that parents travel by foot to the center or the nearest activated reception center and retrieve their children.
  • No child will be released from the center unless a parent or a guardian previously designated by a parent comes for him/her. This information will be regularly updated.
  • All parents or designated guardians, who come for the child(ren), must have them signed out by a staff.
  • Our out-of-area contact failing all venues is 1-647-986-4997.