The provider must have a written policy on guidance and discipline of child
care children. The policy must be simple and understandable to the child, the
parent(s) and to substitute providers.
(2) The written guidance and discipline
policy must be given to all parents.
The guidance and discipline policy shall:
(a) Provide for positive guidance,
redirection and the setting of clear boundaries; and
(b) Be designed to help the child develop
self-control, self-esteem and respect for others.
(4) Only providers and substitutes shall
provide guidance or discipline to child care children.
(5) Guidance and discipline shall be fair,
consistently applied, timely and appropriate to the behavior and age of the
child. Positive statements or redirection of behaviors shall be used.
The following behaviors by
caregivers are prohibited:
(a) Using any form
of corporal punishment, including, but not limited to: hitting, spanking,
slapping, beating, shaking, pinching or other measures that produce physical
pain, or threatening to use any form of corporal punishment;
(b) Using inappropriate forms of restraints,
including, but not limited to, tying or binding;
(c) Using non-prescription chemicals for
discipline or to control behavior;
(d) Yelling harshly or using profane or
(e) Using mental
or emotional punishment, including, but not limited to: name calling, ridicule
(f) Confining a child
in an enclosed area (e.g. a locked or closed room, closet or box);
(g) Withdrawal or the threat of withdrawal of
food, rest or bathroom opportunities;
(h) Punishing a child for toileting accidents
or for refusing to eat food;
Engaging in any form of public or private humiliation, rejecting, terrorizing,
neglecting or corrupting a child or any form of emotional abuse; and
(j) Requiring a child to remain silent or
inactive for excessive periods of time or removing a child from activities or
the group for excessive periods of time.
(7) Parental request or permission to use any
form of behavior listed in subsection (6) of this rule, does not give the
provider or substitute provider permission to do so.