KidSpace staff receive training in the use of positive methods of discipline. Simple, understandable, realistic rules will be established with the children and reinforced. Constructive methods of discipline may include redirection, separation of the child from the situation, and praise for appropriate behavior.
In cases where a behavior problem is of a harmful nature, the parent will be informed immediatly after the behvior occurs. Parental support will be elicited in developing a plan to help the child control/eliminate the harmful behavior. In cases of harmful or aggressive behavior, a child may be suspended from the program for up to five days. Inappropriate behavior that continues despite repeated interventions by parents and staff may result in permanent removal from KidSpace programs.
The KidSpace program has a zero tolerance policy for physical aggression and/or physical contact of any type. In the event that a child engages in physical contact (rough play, horseplay,
hitting, pushing/shoving, tripping, pinching, throwing objects at another child, kicking, etc.), a progressive discipline policy will be implemented:
The first instance of such contact will require a meeting between the parents/guardians, the manager, the child and a member of the management team. This in person or virtual meeting
must be held within three days of the incident. (Failure of the parent/guardian to participate in the meeting could result in a three- to five-day suspension from the program.)
A second instance of physical contact will result in an immediate three-day suspension from the program.
A third instance will result in an immediate five-day suspension and a second meeting.
Should a fourth incident occur, the child will be suspended indefinitely until all parties (parent/guardian, child, director and member of the management team) can meet. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss next steps.