Guidance Policy

          Green Sprouts Guidance Policy

	Children need to know what behaviours are acceptable. Setting clear expectations for children will provide them with a framework for positive behaviour. We do not expect children to meet our expectations every time. However, over time, consistency and patience will pay off. 

	Typically, in a group child care setting you will find that the children will have conflict with one another from time to time and this is normal. The conflicts provide opportunities for the children to learn about boundaries, appropriate ways to handle situations, and how to function successfully in a larger group of peers.

            Our home environment is set up very carefully to eliminate many potential problems. While we care for multi-aged children there is space for each child to perform their play/activities with minimized interruption. All needs and levels of development are thought of when setting up the space. If our observations indicate a number of children using a space or a piece of equipment poorly we will re-arrange the area. This careful consideration helps to eliminate frustration and make for a peaceful home. 
At Green Sprouts we:
1. Respect the children
2. Model and teach respect for others
3. Model and teach respect for property
4. Encourage the children and are genuine
5. Avoid criticism and are positive
6. Listen to our tone of voice
7. Promote independence and self-respect
8. Are firm, fair, and consistent
9. Talk with children, not to them or at them
10. Enjoy children and have fun with them
11. Avoid conflicts and redirect children before a problem occurs
12. Are willing to admit mistakes, smile and start again
Methods used to guide the children include:
Guiding a child into an acceptable activity when they are engaged in an unacceptable activity.
Logical and Natural Consequences
The child will be made aware of the results of their actions by allowing them to discover the consequences of their decisions.
Limit Setting  
Boundaries are established and stated for particular situations.
Children are shown positive methods of interacting.
Choices - Appropriate choices are given and children are encouraged to choose for themselves.
Empathy - Explain how their actions or words affects others and offer ideas for how to handle the situation next time. 
Positive Reinforcement
Positive reinforcement and encouragement will be used rather than negative. Some negative behaviour may be ignored with an emphasis put on appropriate behavior.
Encouraging Problem Solving  
Children are encouraged to resolve conflict and to cooperate with others through discussion and compromise.

Time outs 
It is rare that a time-out would be used. If it is, it is not used as a form of punishment or isolation, but rather used to give the child a moment of reflection. It is followed up with a brief explanation of expectations and a chance to “mend” the situation. 

Time ins – Used more frequently than a time out would be time ins. The child is asked to sit with me, tell me what is going on and re-group. Sometimes this involves moving to another room for a quiet talk (so that they are not embarrassed within the group).