School Age Behaviour Management and Discipline
Behaviours identified as disrespectful, unsafe or aggressive will be dealt with as follows:
- Reminder of behaviour expectations i.e. play with the toy safely, being respectful.
- Logical or natural consequences to the behaviour i.e. a child being unsafe in the gym may be asked to leave the gym, or a child throwing toys will be asked to clean up what they are throwing and move to another area.
- If the behaviour continues the child may be directed to the Cool Down Zone
- Any physically aggressive or violent behaviour will be documented and brought to the attention of the parent and site manager. If the aggressive or violent behaviour continues, the centre will call the child’s parent to come and take responsibility for the child’s safety.
- As a last resort, a respect and responsibility contract will be discussed with the parent, child, staff involved and the Director. This document will be signed by the child, parent and Director. Should the contract be broken, the centre may withdrawal care for the child.
Should a child run away from the centre, the staff will not chase the child. They will provide the best possible supervision under the circumstances and the child’s parent will be notified. Upon return to the centre, the child will be assigned a peer “buddy” to accompany for one day. The peer “buddy” will be assigned by a staff member.
If other professionals are working with the child or if the parents would like other professionals involved, the centre will obtain permission from the parent for the staff to consult with them.
Parents should not approach a child who is on their own, who is being disruptive or who may be in distress. If your child has a concern with another child in the centre, please see a staff member and discuss your concerns with them. Please do not approach the other child or their parent. The staff understands the desire for any conflict to be resolved but it is in the best interest of the child and their parent that they allow the staff to handle the situation.
In a case where continuous aggressive or violent or persistent unsafe behaviours occur, notification may be made to the parent that the child will no longer be accepted for care.
In accordance with the Licensing Standards for Daycares, the following practices are not permitted:
- Physical Abuse – spanking, hitting, pushing, shaking, etc.
- Verbal and or Emotional Abuse – belittling or degrading response by any adult in the centre that would humiliate or undermine a child’s self respect
- Denial of any physical necessities including comforts such as shelter, clothing, bedding and toilet facilities.
David Livingstone School Age Program: Daily Schedule
7:00 – 8:00 Children arrive.
Choice and guided activity
8:00 – 8:30 Snack is offered.
8:30 – 8:50 Program clean up and prepare for school.
8:50 – 9:00 Children depart to school.
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch is served
12:30 – 12:45 Gym activity, choice activity.
12:45-12:55 Clean up and get ready for school.
12:55-1:00 Children leave for school.
2:30 Pick up children from Brydges program
3:30-3:45 Children arrive from school, program environment is set up, attendance is taken.
3:45- 4:00 Snack is offered
4:00 – 5:00 Gym/outdoor play, Choice and Guided activities offered
5:00 – 5:10 Clean up
5:10 – 5:30 Table games
David Livingstone School Age: Summer Schedule
7:00 – 8:30 Free Play, Free Flow Activity
8:30 – 9:00 Snack
9:00 – 9:15 CSI Children clean up and get ready. Go up at 9:15
9:00 – 10:00 Outside
10:00 – 11:00 Baking Activity ( Tues and Thurs), Art or Science Activity
11:00 – 12:00 Staff Directed Game, Pool or Park
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Clean up, Minute to Win It Activity
1:00 – 2:00 Quiet and Story Time or Table games
2:00 – 3:00 Staff Directed Activity or Game
3:00 – 4:30 Pool, Snack, Centers or Gym Time
4:30 – 5:00 Clean Up
5:00 – 5:30 Table Games
The daily schedule is a guideline for staff and children to help with the daily routines/transitions throughout the day. We are flexible in changing or adjusting the schedule to suit the needs of each child individually.
Manidoo Gi Miini Gonaan Inc./David Livingstone School Age Program
At David Livingstone School Age Program we strive to create a warm and friendly environment where parents and children feel welcome. We are a child centered program that offers children opportunities to explore their growing independence. We provide a wide range of activities to help support the children in their development by providing both guided and independent choices. For example, the children are provided “employment” opportunities where they can work towards and gain an understanding of employment skills, saving and budgeting for items they want. The room is set up so children can make independent choices about where and what they want to play with.
Daily schedules are planned and decided upon based on the children and their individual needs, interests and developmental levels. This includes social, emotional, cognitive and physical developmental areas. The daily program is flexible however and allows for the changing needs of the school age child. For example, toy, games, puzzles and books are rotated on a consistent basis. We provide loose parts such as boxes, paper rolls and fabric for them to explore and create with. Physical play is also recognized as an important part of a child’s day. Daily gym activities are offered both at lunch and after school when the weather is unfavorable. Children are taken outside daily however when the weather permits.
Building a strong relationship with parents and caregivers is very important to us. Our goal is for parents and caregivers to communicate openly about their child’s day and their accomplishments. Staff welcomes communication with parents and caregivers as a way to reinforce relationships with our families. We have consistent staff at the lunch tables with the children. This allows us to build rapport with our children and gives staff an opportunity to enhance learning. For example, children discuss weekend activities, likes and dislikes, explore new foods and interaction with peers.
Our center is an inclusive environment where diversity is celebrated. Every child and family is unique. We welcome all backgrounds and abilities and are committed to providing a home like environment where everyone is accepted. We accomplish this by providing a variety of cultural items for dress up, play food and different kinds of music. We also participate in Aboriginal Day Celebrations and Folklarama where a number of cultures are explored. Community programs are posted such as library events, parenting and family programs hosted by Lord Selkirk Park Resource Center and F.A.C.T( Families and Community Together).
In this atmosphere children will be able to meet their potential and develop a strong foundation on their path to becoming lifelong learners.
GUIDING PHILOSOPY - David Livingstone School Age Program
These centres follow an emergent curriculum using the Reggio Emilia approach which builds upon the interests and ideas of the children. Emergent Curriculum is planning the focus of learning on what happens in the centre, as a result of interaction between the early childhood teachers and children, with both contributing ideas and reacting to them to build on appealing and worthwhile activities. Emergent curriculum is socially and intellectually engaging and personally meaningful to children. Teachers follow the children’s lead and then introduce new and exciting activities to sustain their interests and deepen their explorations. Our emphasis is focused on developing social skills, problem solving skills, fostering independence and building a foundation for lifelong learning.
The Reggio Emilia philosophy is based upon the following set of principles:
- Children must have some control over the direction of their learning.
- Children must be able to learn through experiences of touching, moving, listening, seeing, and hearing.
- Children have a relationship with other children and with material items in the world that children must be allowed to explore.
- Children must have endless ways and opportunities to express themselves.
- Parents are a vital component to the Reggio Emilia philosophy. Parents are viewed as partners, collaborators and advocates for their children.
We offer a nutritious snack and lunch everyday using the Canada food guide. Menus are posted on the bulletin board.
Staff pick up the children from school and lunch is served on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the children are required to bring a lunch from home.
INDIRECT SUPERVISION (David Livingstone School Age Program only)
Permission must be granted from the Parent/Guardian for their child to be without direct supervision for short periods of time. Examples include: going to the washroom or going for a drink of water, engaging in activities in a nearby room or space etc. Indirect supervision will occur only when the staff believes that the child is mature enough to handle this responsibility and when the staff has given specific permission for the specific occasion. Staff will be required to do frequent checks (at least once every 10 minutes) while indirect supervision occurs.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Both locations will be closed on statutory holidays as follows:
New Year’s Day
Louis Riel Day
The school age program is open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Opened Monday – Friday.
The school age program will be open on in-service days (full and half), Christmas Break, Spring Break and Summer Break.
PARENT RESPONSIBITIES AT THE CENTRES
- To work in partnership with families and their children attending the child care centre and accessing the resource centre
- The staff will make every effort to welcome the parent and child (ren) into the center in a warm, friendly manner. It is very important to us that the staff and parents communicate daily to ensure the children’s needs are met.
- It is recommended that parents share how their child is and what their immediate needs are when arriving. If a concern arises please speak to a staff member or the Director.
- If parents are not able to pick up their child, the staff ask that the parent phones the centre to inform staff who will be picking up their child. Please ensure the person has ID to show the staff and the person should be listed on the child information form as designated by the parent as a person to whom the child may be released
- Parents are responsible for informing staff of their child’s medical and health needs to prevent the spread of illness in the centre.
- Parents must participate in evacuation or shelter-in-place drills or procedure occurs while you are at the centre. A detailed Safety Plan is available at all centres.
- Parents, staff visitors must follow the Code of Conduct – see Appendix
- All children, parents, staff and others involved in our centre must use e-mail, electronic devices and the Internet according to our policies. This protects people’s privacy and the confidentiality of information. Children, staff and families using our child care centre’s computer and electronic devices must :
- respect and protect the privacy of others
- respect and protect the integrity of all electronic resources
- communicate in a respectful manner
- report threatening or inappropriate material
David Livingstone School Age
- Parents should walk their child downstairs upon arrival and check in with a staff.
- It is very important to keep the centre advised of accurate work and home phone numbers and addresses for both parents and emergency contacts. Please advise the staff at the centre of any changes.
- Parents are to provide a nutritious lunch for their child on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If parents are unable to provide lunch for their children it is strongly encouraged that parents speak to a staff member so that the centre can work with the parent to come up with a plan.