Child Guidance Policy

The Huntington Hills Community Association, Out of School Care Program believes that it is important to emphasize, encourage and acknowledge positive behaviour. However, when inappropriate behaviour does occur Leaders have agreed to use a variety of problem-solving strategies as outlined in our Child Guidance Policy. The goal is to guide children so they become aware of what behaviours are appropriate and to teach them effective and positive ways to solve a conflict. You will also find a copy of the Child Guidance Policy in the Parent Hand Book.

The following will NEVER be used as a form of guidance:

  • Infliction of physical punishment/threats
  • Any form of verbal or physical degradation or emotional deprivation.
  • Any form of physical restraint, confinement or isolation
  • Deny or threaten to deny basic necessities
  • Time out

Through the use of positive guidance, the Huntington Hills Out of School Care Program provides an enriching, safe and educational environment for children. This, in turn, will help children develop self-control, self-esteem and respect for the rights of others. The following child guidance techniques will be used:

  • Active listening-encourages children to express their feelings
  • Negotiation-helping children solve problems/conflicts
  • Setting limits-keeps children safe and in bounds
  • Modifying the environment-making changes when necessary
  • Facilitating-assist children with solving problems
  • Reinforcement-validating their importance and valuing their positive choices
  • Redirection-directing the child to a new activity

The following behaviours are considered inappropriate and will not be permitted within the program:

  • Running away/leaving without permission
  • Biting, punching or kicking
  • Swearing
  • Bullying and/or Verbally abusing other children or staff
  • Behaviour considered dangerous to self, others or property

The following will be the steps used, according to the staff’s discretion, in addressing inappropriate behaviour:

  • A verbal warning will be given to the child
  • This will be followed by a redirection and a logical consequence. This would be documented in the staff communication book.