Guidance and Discipline
(1)A provider shall have a written policy on guidance and discipline of children.
(2)The provider shall make these policies known to all caregivers and parents.
(3)The guidance and discipline policy shall:
(a)Provide for positive guidance, redirection, and the setting of clear boundaries; and
(b)Be designed to help the child develop self-control, self-esteem, and respect for others.
(4)Only a caregiver shall provide guidance or discipline to a child.
(5)Guidance and discipline shall be fair, consistently applied, timely, and appropriate to the behavior and age of the child. Positive statements or redirection of behaviors shall be used.
(6)Prohibited punishment includes, but is not limited to:
(a)Hitting, slapping, shaking, striking with hand or instrument, pinching, tying or binding, or inflicting any other form of corporal punishment;
(b)Mental or emotional punishment including, but not limited to, name calling, ridicule, yelling, or threats;
(c)Non-prescription chemical restraints used for discipline or to control behavior;
(d)Confining a child in an enclosed area, (e.g., a locked or closed room, closet, box);
(e)Forcing or withholding meals, snacks, rest, or necessary toilet use; or
(f)Belittling a child for or forcing a child to clean up after toileting accidents.
(7)The provider shall not accept parental permission to use any form of punishment listed in subsection (6) of this rule.
Rule 414-350-0240 — Guidance and Discipline,