Our all-encompassing rule is to be considerate of others. It is expected that no child will hurt or interfere with others. If someone forgets or makes a ‘poor’ judgment, we talk about what has happened and work on finding a mutually agreeable solution. 

We handle discipline promptly and positively working with children to take responsibility for their own actions. 

We are working towards having a harmonious social group on an individual level, which involves the internalization of respect, sensitivity and caring for self and others as well as respect for the environment. 

Our guidance techniques respond to the developmental level of the individual child. Some children are very active and may require more attention. 

The children learn what behaviour is safe, friendly and fair and to solve their problems in a timely way. 

In acknowledgement of the developmental level of preschoolers, we Endeavour to:

  • Acknowledges their feelings
  • Set clear and simple limits
  • Adhere to the limits consistently with positive language
  • Follow through
     

Limits are stated positively and children will be told more than once to give them time to think about complying with the limitation. If they are still not managing, we give them a choice, example, “You may stay and listen at circle or choose some quiet work.” A child may be redirected to another area especially if his/her behaviour is threatening the safety and well being of him/herself or others. 

Learning how to navigate relationships can be tricky ground to walk. The teachers at the Montessori Daycare do their best to help the children care for each other by implementing a 4-Step Apology. Children often find themselves in a situation where they need to apologize and may need some help. Having an authoritative figure looming overhead telling one child to say sorry to another may not be very effective in fostering healthy relationships. The 4-Step Apology uses:  

  1. I’m sorry for… (be specific)
  2. This is wrong because… (fosters empathy)
  3. In the future, I will…(uses positive language to set up things one can do) 
  4. Will you forgive me? (restores friendship)
     

The teachers do their best to help guide the children through these steps by asking leading questions and helping them find the language. By using these four steps when apologizing will help foster understanding, kindness, empathy, accountability and care.