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Child Discipline Policy | Child Abuse and Neglect

Child Discipline Policy

Building Blocks staff members are not permitted to use any form of physical punishment, including spanking. Staff members may not single out a child for ridicule, threaten harm to the child or the child's family, and may not specifically aim to degrade a child or a child's family. They may not use harsh, demeaning or abusive language in the presence of children. We use the following disciplinary techniques where they are age appropriate:

Discipline does not mean punishment. Discipline is teaching a child how to be safe, how to behave on his/her own and how to know the difference between right and wrong. The staff will use praise and positive methods of discipline and guidance to encourage self-expression and self-direction of the children in the Center. The limits may be set at times in order to keep children from losing control or causing harm to themselves or others. Time Out is only one way to handle a situation and allows the child to regain control of his/her actions and feelings. Time away from the group will not exceed the following schedule. A timer will be used.


Positive ways to channel children's emotions and handling misbehaviour include:

Remember never to humiliate, frighten or abuse a child. Respect their feelings and let them know whatever they are feeling is okay - but it is the way they express it that we want to help them control. Let the children know your feelings. Tell them you are not upset with them, but with their actions. Communicate with the children and model positive behaviors for them to imitate. Make sure what you are asking the children is appropriate for their developmental level. Make sure all classroom rules are clear and understood at their level.

Consult with parents since they know their child best. Emphasize the partnership between caregiver and parent in an attempt to defuse a tense situation involving a problem with the child's behavior.

Child Abuse and Neglect

As written in the State of Delaware ">DelaCare Requirements for Day Care Centers", the term "child abuse and neglect" means the physical injury by other than accidental means, injury resulting in a mental or emotional condition which is a result of abuse or neglect; negligent treatment, sexual abuse, maltreatment, mistreatment, nontreatment or exploitation or abandonment of a child under the age of 18 or of an individual who appears to be mentally retarded.

All employees of Building Blocks Daycare Center, Inc. who know or reasonably suspect child abuse or neglect is REQUIRED BY LAW to file a report with the Division of Child Protective Services, Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. An immediate oral report is mandatory, followed by written report if requested. Anyone participating in good faith in the making of a report pursuant to "DelaCare" rules shall have immunity from any liability, civil or criminal, that otherwise exist and such immunity shall extend to participation in any judicial proceeding resulting from such report.

Please be advised that Building Blocks Daycare Center, Inc. WILL NOT TOLERATE CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT! No employee is permitted at any time to use corporal pumishment or to engage in the behaviors outlined at ANY TIME for ANY REASON. If there is any doubt as to whether a discipline practice may be construed as abuse or neglect, that practice shall not be conducted.

Should an incident of suspected child abuse or neglect occur by an employee, the following proceedure will be enforced:

  1. The employee will not work directly with children until the investigation is completed. This investigation will be conducted by the Director and/or the Chief Administrator.
  2. The employee, other co-workers, and any other persons that may have information pertaining to the investigation will be questioned. Dishonesty or intentional omission of information will not be tolerated and may result in the immediate termination of all employees not fully cooperating with the investigation.
  3. The Director and/or Chief Administrator will conclude the investigation as substantiated or unsubstantiated.
  4. In the case of a substantiated claim, the employee will be terminated immediately if the person's continued employment at the Center would place the children at risk. If the children are not at risk, the employee may still be terminated immediately. At a minimum, however, that person will recieve a written warning to be placed in their personnel file. A second substantiated incident of abuse or neglect, even if continued employment would not place the children at risk, will result in termination.

Building Blocks Daycare Center, Inc.
Route1, Box 538-5  Delmar,DE 19940
Fax: 302-846-0166


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