educators will support children by providing environments that reduce stressors, being responsive and attuned to children’s individual cues while helping children learn strategies for modulating behaviors and emotions, as well as having awareness of the effects of their actions on others. Prohibited Practices Corporal punishment of a child by an employee or by another child or group of children The use of physical punishment/restraints by staff/students/volunteers/visitors as a behaviour guidance strategy is not acceptable under any circumstances.(physical punishment includes smacking, hitting, slapping, kicking, pinching, pulling, pushing, shoving or the inappropriate manhandling of a child by an adult) Prohibit any actions that could result in bodily harm to a child including, but not limited to, feeding children against their will. Yelling or shouting/loud voice tone used when communicating with children Deliberate use of harsh or degrading measures on the child that would humiliate the child or undermine his or her self-respect; Deprivation of a child's basic needs including food, shelter, clothing or bedding Use of a locked or lockable room or structure to confine a child who has been withdrawn from other children. (**see exemption below) Locking the exits of the child care centre premises for the purpose of confining children; and Using a locked or lockable room or structure to confine the children. And Staff confirm that these practices are not allowed and do not occur in the program. Children are not to be threatened or exposed to derogatory language and sleep and toilet use would be added to the list of “basic needs” that” cannot be deprived. Does not use food as a means to control and/or reward behaviour **Exception will be given to the prohibited practice regarding “locking children in confined space” during an emergency where the Emergency Situation Plan is activated. Children could be confined to a room temporarily until the emergency is resolved Expectations Expectations for the child must be realistic and age appropriate. If you expect the child to come away from an activity s/he is involved with, then give the child notice that in X amount of minutes s/he is to finish up and come to another activity. For example, if it is time to tidy up toys and come to circle, then you might say, "In 5 minutes, we will tidy up and have circle, please finish what you are doing." Another reminder when there is 1 minute left may also be helpful. Self Regulation Understanding the stages of physical, emotional, social and intellectual development is essential to promoting self regulation in children. The self regulated child can benefit from having a calm and nurturing environment that includes a balance of structure and flexibility.
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