Guidance and Discipline

BIMS follows the ‘Guidance and Discipline Manual’ published by the B.C. Ministry of Health, which is available upon request to parents after registration.

We avoid many behavioural problems by providing an age-appropriate program that is stimulating and meets the needs and interests of the children. Specifically, we use many different strategies to enable children to choose appropriate behaviour.

  • We give children the words to use in order to solve problems: for example, “Tell Angela you don’t like it when she pushes in front of you”. Use of words allows children to work out their conflicts in an appropriate way.

  • We use reminders, repetition, and good example to help children remember what is socially acceptable.

  • We respect the child’s need to be heard, acknowledge feelings, and always allow time for the child to respond.

  • We recognize and respond to positive behaviour and sometimes ignore negative attitudes.

  • We use redirection of activities and sometimes limit use of equipment, if necessary.

  • Very occasionally ‘time away’ from the other children may be used for short periods if a child appears out of control. The use of consequences is sometimes appropriate; the child will be given a choice, “Do you wish to be with us and cooperate or do you choose to sit nearby until you are ready to cooperate?”

  • We use scanning techniques to monitor behaviour and intervene when necessary.

  • We establish clear, consistent limits so that the child understands what is expected.

  • We focus on the behaviour rather than the child. For example, “The pencils belong in their holder John”, instead of “You haven’t cleaned up John, your pencils are all over the floor”.

We also adhere to Section 52 of the Community Care and Assisted Living Act, Child Care Licensing Regulation. 

(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:

  • shoving, hitting or shaking by an employee or another child, or confinement or physical restraint by another child;

  • confinement or physical restraint by an employee, except as authorized in a childcare’s plan if the care plan includes instructions respecting behavioural guidance;

  • 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;

  • spanking or any other form of corporal punishment;

  • separation, without supervision by a responsible adult, from other children; or

  • 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, or neglect as those terms are defined in Schedule H of the Act.