Center Preschool

Preschool Discipline

Disciplinary Policy and Procedure

Center Preschool believes in discipline to assure the safety and security for all children, staff and property. Discipline will be fair, consistent, and not physical. Clear limits will be set and positive guidance shall be given.


  1. The preschool staff will redirect a child who is having difficulty playing in an area. For example, if a child is throwing the blocks in the block area, the teacher will tell the child that the blocks are for building and throwing them is dangerous. She will ten tell him/her to clean up the blocks and go to another area.


  2. A "time out" is given as a means for a child to calm down and think about his/her behavior. A time out is not a punishment nor is it meant to embarrass or demean a child. It is used to let the child know that his/her behavior is unacceptable and allow them to come up with some alternative behavioir. During any disciplinary action, the child will be under continuous staff supervision.


  3. Length of the time out shall not exceed the child's age in minutes.


  4. A teacher is not allowed to use any type of physical punishment or verbal abuse.


  5. A parent will be called and expected to pick up their child if their child is violent towards the staff or other children enrolled in the program. An automatic three-day suspension will be implemented.


  6. Repeated incidences of violent behavior will result in the termination of the child's enrollment in the program.

As childcare providers, we are "mandated reporter" of suspected child abuse and neglect. Child abuse is the non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a person responsible for the child's health, welfare, or care, or by a person given access to the child by the responsible person. Forms of abuse include physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Neglect is failing to provide for a child's basic needs (food, clothing, shelter, hygiene, education, medical care and supervision).

If child abuse or neglect is suspected, the DCF CARELINE will be called at 1-800-842-2288. In general, the parents will be informed that we have observed a problem and are mandated by law to report these observations to DCF. The staff will continue to document observations throughout the DCF investigation and the child's enrollment in the program. The staff will support any appropriate measures to keep the child safe and secure in the program.

Any allegations of abuse or neglect at Center Preschool will be reported to DCF and the childcare director will initiate an internal investigation. She will inform the Minister of the allegations. If a staff person is named in the abuse allegation, that person will be removed from working with that child during the time of the investigation. Each staff member who may have knowledge of the situation will be interviewed to assist in the investeigation by DCF, and the preschool may ask for police assistance. An employee who is found to have abused a child will be terminated. All information relating to a case will be kept confidential.

Staff training on abuse and neglect prevention and awareness will be offered annually.