The preschool and related staff members are committed to the use of positive behavior management strategies to improve and maintain appropriate classroom behaviors. In providing the children with developmentally appropriate activities, and responding positively to child-initiated activities, frustration as well as potential behavioral difficulties are minimized.
When behavioral difficulties are manifested, staff members utilize behavior modifiers such as positively reinforcing the appropriate behavior, praising of others demonstrating desired behaviors or when acceptable behavior is demonstrated. When appropriate, unacceptable behaviors are ignored and the adult(s) will redirect the child to an acceptable activity. In addition, the child’s environment may need to be changed to promote appropriate behavior as well as to include other children who are “modeling” the expected behaviors.
Time- out may be used when a child needs to be removed from an activity to regain behavioral control. This event takes place in the classroom under staff supervision. A child remains in the time-out no longer than two minutes. A timer is used to accurately measure the time, and to provide the child with an auditory cue to resume the activity.
Whenever necessary, the preschool team members will work cooperatively with the child and the family to develop an appropriate behavior management plan.