Example is not the main thing in influencing others – it is the only thing
— Albert Schweitzer

At First Discoveries Preschool, we strive to provide a respectful environment rich in experiences that are challenging and developmentally appropriate, and that will captivate children’s attention. As a result, children will be able to develop confidence, independence, and increased self-esteem.

Behaviour expectations for preschool age children and, in particular, for our program, are discussed at length during Orientation Night (September). Some key steps are as follows:

  • Clear expectations and boundaries: gentle hands with people and toys and gentle words!
  • Through role modeling, we help provide children with the tools needed to solve problems on their own, to express feelings, and come up with reasonable solutions. Children learn by observing the adults around them and so we are conscious that our actions must give positive reinforcement to solving conflict with respect for others.
  • Teachers constantly monitor behaviour and interactions among children. When an issue arises, it is addressed immediately and in the most discreet manner.
  • Two warnings: first by repeating the expectation (sand stays in the sandbox), second to reiterate the expectation (I have reminded you that the sand needs to stay in the sandbox) and the third time, the child is quietly removed from the sand and given two options for play.
  • If preventative and re-directive methods fail, and a child displays aggressive behaviour towards children or teachers, we will take the child to the library area or another quiet space.
  • It is the role of the adult to then help sort through his/her emotions in order to acquire understanding and come up with suitable alternatives for self-control.
  • The child will return to his/her play when s/he feels ready and the parents will be notified at the end of class or at a more opportune time.
  • Understanding the reason for the behaviour will be discussed and a consistent plan for expectations implemented both at home and at school.
  • Disciplinary action taken must be reasonable in the circumstances.
  • Repeated disruptive behaviour or uncooperative parental response will be brought to the attention of the Board in order to come up with a collective positive resolution. 
  • In extreme cases, and only after outside resources have been exhausted, a family may be asked to leave the program in order to pursue a more suitable program.

First Discoveries Preschool shall not:

  1. Inflict or cause to be inflicted any form of physical punishment, verbal or physical degradation or emotional deprivation,
  2. Deny or threaten to deny any basic necessity, or
  3. Use or permit the use of any form of physical restraint, confinement or isolation.