Guidance Philosophy


NSCC sets clear and consistent limits for all children to ensure the safety and protection of the children, teachers, and the classroom.  When a child’s behavior exceeds the limits, the teachers will guide them in a manner that is firm, positive, and maintains the child’s self-respect.

 NSCC views each child in the classroom as an individual, and therefore, the teachers will match guidance strategies to fit each child in an effective and appropriate manner.  The teachers will help the child understand the reasons for the limits using simple positive communication.  The child’s behavior will be the focus rather than the child’s character.

 In situations where the teacher has to intervene, the child’s name will be stated in a controlled voice while maintaining eye contact.  Children will be given a choice when clarifying limits and expectations to promote the child’s self-esteem and self-reliance.  When other strategies have proven unsuccessful it may be necessary to limit the use of materials or equipment.

 NSCC does not believe in any form of corporal punishment, including rough handling, shoving, hair pulling, shaking, slapping, pinching, hitting, or spanking.  We also believe that children should not be subjected to any form of emotional or verbal abuse.

 In situations where children have lost self-control and their safety and the safety of others in the classroom are at risk, they will be separated from the group only when many less intrusive methods of guiding behavior have been tried and proven ineffective.  The child will be welcomed back into the group when they have made the choice that they are ready and prepared to do so; meanwhile, they will be given a quiet activity to do in a separate area of the classroom.

 If an unacceptable behavior is recurrent, a meeting with the child’s parents will be held to collaboratively work on generating a behavior modification plan.  NSCC believes in working with each child’s family to understand the child’s behaviors and to work together in finding strategies that will help the child gain confidence, positive communication and self-discipline.  If necessary, outside professionals will be called in to assess the situation and to provide the centre with additional guidance strategies.


In addition to the daycare’s policy on guidance, we are required, by licensing, to define the practices not acceptable, as stated in Section 51(1) (a) of the Child Care Licensing Regulations,

Behavioral Guidance

51 (1) A licensee must

(a) ensure that behavioral guidance is appropriate to the age and development of the child who is receiving the guidance, and

(b) provide to employees and parents a written statement of the licensee's policy on behavioral guidance.

(2) If the child has a care plan that includes instructions respecting behavioral guidance, the licensee must ensure that

(a) any behavioral guidance given to the child is consistent with those instructions, and

(b) if the behavioral guidance includes the use of restraints, that the restraints are administered only by a person who is trained in the use of, and alternatives to the use of, restraints.


Section 52 (1) (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) (f) (2) of the Child Care Licensing Regulation states that,

Harmful actions not permitted

52 (1) A licensee must ensure that a child, while under the care or supervision of the licensee, is not subjected to any of the following:


 (a) shoving, hitting or shaking by an employee or another child, or confinement or physical restraint by another child;

(b) confinement or physical restraint by an employee, except as authorized in a child care's plan if the care plan includes instructions respecting behavioral guidance;

(c) harsh, belittling or degrading treatment by an employee or another child, whether verbal, emotional or physical, that could humiliate the child or undermine the child's self respect;

(d) spanking or any other form of corporal punishment;

(e) separation, without supervision by a responsible adult, from other children;

(f) as a form of punishment, deprivation of meals, snacks, rest or necessary use of a toilet.

(2) A licensee must ensure that a child is not, while under the care or supervision of the licensee, subjected to emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse or neglect as those terms are defined in Schedule H.