Each licensed child care program must have written guidance policies and you need to know where to locate yours.
- The policies state the program’s positive approach to guidance.
policies must also state that no one may use frightening, cruel, unusual,
hazardous, or humiliating responses to children. In fact, as a mandated
reporter, these kinds of actions must be reported to CPS if a caregiver
witnesses them happening.
(i) Corporal (bodily) punishment such as biting, jerking, spanking, kicking, flicking, or any other means of inflicting pain.
(ii) Verbal abuse such as yelling, shouting, name calling, shaming, oppressive, or derogatory remarks.
(iii) Using or withholding of food or drink as punishment.
(iv) Physical restraint injurious to the child, locked time-out room or closet for “discipline.”
You may want to think of a time when these policies would be useful. When and how would they be shared?