Guidance & Discipline Philosophy

I believe that each child is unique and should be treated with equal concern.  One method of guiding and disciplining may work for one child, but not for another.

I believe that children should be treated with respect and that the child's self image is the most important part of the learning process.  Children need to perceive themselves as worthwhile, capable and significant, and therefore their experiences should be positive and reinforcing.  By allowing such experiences to occur they will develop self-confidence and a high self-esteem

Children must be allowed to make mistakes.  This is all part of the learning process.  As a childminder, it is my responsibility to listen and acknowledge the children's feelings and frustrations and to offer calm positive guidance when situations arise. 

A child also learns through imitation; so I will be a positive role model.

I will use effective praise or encouragement freely as I believe it helps to develop a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.

I will use proactive strategies for managing misbehaviour.  Child misbehaviour is impossible to prevent completely. Children, usually curious and endlessly creative, are likely to do things parents and childminders have not expected. However, there are many positive steps I will take to help prevent misbehaviour:

 

·               Set clear, consistent rules.

·               Make certain the environment is safe and worry-free.

·               Show interest in the child's activities.

·               Provide appropriate and engaging playthings.

·               Encourage self-control by providing meaningful choices.

·               Focus on the desired behavior, rather than the one to be avoided.

·               Build children's images of themselves as trustworthy, responsible and cooperative.

·               Expect the best from the child.

·               Give clear directions, one at a time.

·               Say "Yes" whenever possible.

·               Notice and pay attention to children when they do things right.

·               Take action before a situation gets out of control.

·               Encourage children often and generously.

·               Set a good example.

·               Help children see how their actions affect others.