Policies:

FOOD AND NUTRITION

 

We believe nutrition and healthy eating habits are fundamental skills for young children.  It is our goal to provide a variety of nutritious, healthy meals and snacks that will promote growth and healthy lifestyles.

 

We provide meals and snacks that include a variety of food groups including meat, meat alternatives, bread and grains, fruits, vegetables, and fluid milk.

 

Our meals and snacks provide nutrition for children including carbohydrates and proteins while limiting fat, sugar, and salt.

 

Our menus rotate on a four-week schedule to provide variety for your child.  We are a member of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

 

*Please note that food from home is not permitted unless there is an allergy

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DISCIPLINE

 

 

 

We believe that children thrive in an environment that is secure, predictable, nurturing and supportive. We believe it is important to set realistic expectations and limits for young children to ensure the safety of each child; the protection of his/her rights and those of other; and the protection of property. When a child exceeds the limits, we guide in a manner that is firm, positive and still maintains the child’s self-respect. Sometimes experiencing the consequences of his/her actions can be learning experience for a child. Giving choices or redirection when a child’s behavior is inappropriate can be used to avoid uncontrollable misbehavior. We will strive to help the children solve their own problems. We acknowledge the child’s feelings and help him/her to be considerate of the feelings
of others.

 

Discipline is something adults do with and for children, rather than something they do to children. The intention is to help children become self-disciplined as they learn appropriate and acceptable behavior. We will accomplish this by:

 

• Following a flexible routine so that children gain trust and security,
• Providing a variety of choices and toys, which will stimulate cognitive, physical
and emotional growth. The toys will be rotated monthly.
• Approaching children individually, establishing eye contact and using a calm
controlled voice
• Recognizing a child’s feelings before discussing behavioral limits
• Focusing on the child’s behavior rather than the child
• Ignoring minor incidents
• Discussing acceptable behavior and setting limits at some level children will
understand.
• Using positive reinforcement in words and actions, focusing on what to do rather
than what not to do.
• Encouraging caring and cooperative relationships
• Allowing children to make choices where applicable
• Reminding children of limits, as they have short memories and are easily
distracted.
• Diverting a child’s interest when necessary.
• Assisting children to solve problems.
• Giving a warning cue that will indicate a coming change in activities
• Using logical consequences (ex if a child spills milk he/she will be expected to
wipe it up.)
• Removing offending toys when necessary.

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