Rainbow Steps Handbook

Rainbow Steps Preschool Page 7 Parent Handbook EpiPens and other medications must be in the original prescription box which should include the child’s name and expiration date. With the exception of EpiPens and inhalers, we do not administer any type of prescription medication, food supplements, or over-the-counter medication. Discipline and Guidance Our goal, as early childhood professionals, is to guide and direct children toward acceptable behavior. To accomplish this, teachers maintain the delicate balance between children’s attempts to be independent and their needs for outer controls. We minimize challenging behaviors by implementing positive classroom practices. These include creating a well-designed physical environment, a child-centered curriculum and planning a predictable, well-paced day. Rules and limits are reinforced clearly, fairly, consistently, and regularly. We establish fair and reasonable expectations of behavior and help guide children toward self-direction. We encourage them as they gain problem solving skills and support them in their attempts at conflict resolution. It is our desire to create an affirming, cooperative, accepting environment where children can gain self respect, self control, sensitivity toward others, and opportunities for finding mutual, peaceful resolutions to problems and conflicts. Discipline will not be imposed on a child for failure to eat, rest, or for toileting accidents. The Preschool shall not abuse or neglect children and shall protect them from abuse and neglect while in our care. Child guidance and management guidelines as specified in Rule 5101:2-12- 22 of the Administrative Code apply to all employees of Rainbow Steps. Guidance techniques will include: • Setting positive, developmentally appropriate expectations of behavior and clear limits • Modelling courtesy, respectfulness and desired behaviors • Giving children choices whenever possible; showing children positive alternatives • Using positive statements or directions, reinforcing appropriate behavior • Logical consequences for inappropriate behavior • Redirecting the activity to one that is more acceptable • Active problem-solving with the child or children involved • Helping the child to find acceptable ways of expressing negative feelings • Separation (time out) that is brief in duration, appropriate to the child’s age and circumstances; in sight and hearing of teachers in a safe, classroom area Guidance techniques will exclude: • Physical abuse, corporal punishment, harsh or unusual techniques • Shaming, frightening, humiliating, or verbally abusing a child • Physical restraints, confinement in an enclosed area • Withholding food, rest, or toilet use • Consequences that are too long, punitive, or postponed Children who consistently exhibit behavior problems are signalling a need for help, thus parents will be asked to meet with the staff in seeking solutions. Realizing that we may not be able to