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Rules of Conduct for Children in a Group Child Care Center

Group child care requires a structured environment for safety. Structure is also important because it helps children feel secure when they know what is expected of them and of others. When evaluating a group child care facility, make sure rules to govern children's behavior are established and enforced. Written discipline policies should be available to parents and displayed in the facility.

Research whether the following issues are addressed regarding children's conduct:

  • How is personal property handled? Are outside toys allowed? If so, with what provisions? Does each child have a special place to keep his or her belongings, such as a coat, hat, or extra change of clothes?
  • Does each child have his or her own cot or mat for taking naps?
  • How does staff handle a child's physical aggression?
  • What are the guidelines for playing together? Are there fair consequences when a child's behavior becomes disruptive?
  • Will staff notify you the same day if your child has behavior problems?
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Last Revised September 14, 2012

Last Revised: September 14, 2012

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