Should a conflict arise between a staff member and a parent, or between parents themselves, those involved will be spoken to individually.  Should the need arise, a group discussion with all those involved as well as the Principal and/or the Program Director will be facilitated to ensure a resolution.

Guidance Policy 

Positive guidance is based on realistic expectations of a child’s needs and abilities. 

Our educators will create a positive environment that reflects the level of development of the students, providing clear limits through consistent messages about expectations and safe, appropriate behavior while modeling positive behavior and demonstrating respect, understanding and caring for other people and things.

Students will be encouraged and supported in assessing their own activities and behaviours as well as the consequences of such. Through role modeling, we help provide students with the skills needed to solve problems on their own, to use their words to express their feelings and to find reasonable solutions to the problem. Educators constantly monitor behaviour and interactions between students; when a conflict or challenge arises, it is addressed immediately in a discreet and respectful manner.  

Saplings Educators follow these steps in order to encourage positive guidance strategies with the students: 

  • Respect the students
  • Model and teach respect for others
  • Model and teach respect for property
  • Encourage the students, be genuine
  • Avoid criticism, be positive
  • Listen to your tone of voice
  • Promote independence and self-respect
  • Be firm, fair, and consistent
  • Talk with students, not to them or at them
  • Enjoy students, have fun with them
  • Avoid conflicts, redirect students before a problem occurs
  • Be willing to admit mistakes, smile, and start again

Typically, it is perfectly normal for students to have conflicts from time to time.  These provide an opportunity for the students to learn about boundaries, appropriate ways to handle situations and how to function successfully in a large group of peers. In the event that behaviour at Saplings is deemed dangerous, disrespectful or intolerant, it is the Educators responsibility to deal with this appropriately. In some cases, it may be necessary for a child to have ‘time away’ from an activity or to leave a session early. Any decision taken to remove a child should and will be carefully considered.

Discipline Policy 

If prevention and redirection fail, and a child displays aggressive behaviour towards other students or educators, the child will be taken to a quiet area. The child will sit on a chair and the educator will come down to the child’s eye level and help sort through their emotions and seek some understanding of the behaviour. The child will return to play when he/she feels ready to do so and the parent will be informed at the end of class.

If a child causes physical or emotional harm to themselves or others, a staff member will verbally ask the child to move to another area. If the child does not move on their own, the staff member will attempt to redirect the child to the designated area. If there is a significant health and safety risk, the staff member will carry the child to the calming down area , or ask the other students to leave the room, in order to allow the child to calm down and talk to staff members about alternative, appropriate behaviours. If the staff member needs to physically carry the child, licensing will be contacted, and an incident report will be filled out.

Saplings goal is to work together with parents to give students the most positive experience in all areas their Saplings experience.