Guidance can be defined as the on-going process of helping children develop inner control so that they can manage their own behavior in a socially acceptable manner. We hope to create an environment where this can happen and children can experience this kind of growth.
The Center will apply positive methods of guidance, utilizing reason, self-direction, and self esteem. The Staff will use reasonable, non-severe guidance or restraint, when deemed necessary, to prevent a child from harming themselves or another person or property.
Caregivers will: explain and enforce the rules in a positive, encouraging manner to make them understandable and acceptable to the child; redirect an uncooperative child to another activity or redirect the entire activity in a more wholesome direction; allow child of comparable size and ability to work out their own solutions; help children understand one another’s actions; explain what behavior is unacceptable, why, and what he/she should do; ask children over 2 1/2 to sit in a “thinking” chair when they have lost control of their actions, words, or when a caregiver feels it would be in the best interest of those involved (sitting in the ”thinking” chair generally is determined as one minute per year of age). A staff member will discuss the problem with a child and help him/her to understand; notify parents if the above measures do not effectively deal with the child’s behavior problems. Serious guidance problems will be resolved through parent, teacher, and Director consultation.
PCFC is mandated by the Child Protection Law (Act #238) and will report to the DSS any suspected cases of child abuse, child sexual abuse, or child neglect.