(A) Child care providers and their emergency or substitute caregivers who care for children shall be responsible for their guidance and management.
(B) Child guidance and management measures shall be: developmentally appropriate for the child; shall be consistent; and shall be explained to the child.
(C) If children's behavior is unacceptable the child care provider shall:
(1) Use developmentally appropriate techniques suitable to the children's ages and the circumstances, such as, but not limited to:
(a) Setting clear limits.
(b) Modeling desired behavior.
(c) Positively reinforcing appropriate behavior.
(d) Encouraging children to control their own behavior, cooperating with others and solving problems by talking things out.
(2) Redirect children to appropriate activities, talk with children about the situation and state alternatives.
(3) Use developmentally appropriate separation from the situation only as necessary, and not with infants.
(4) Speak to children so that they understand that what is unacceptable is the children's behavior, not the children themselves or their feelings.
(5) Intervene, when needed, as quickly as possible to ensure the safety of all children.
(6) Communicate and consult with caretakers prior to implementing any specific behavior management plan. The plan shall be in writing and signed by the caretaker and shall be consistent with the requirements of this rule.
(D) If children's behavior is unacceptable the child care provider shall not:
(1) Abuse, endanger or neglect children.
(2) Utilize cruel, harsh, unusual, or extreme techniques.
(3) Utilize any form of corporal punishment.
(4) Delegate children to manage or discipline other children.
(5) Use physical restraints on a child.
(6) Restrain a child by any means other than holding children for a short period of time, such as in a protective hug, so that the children may regain control.
(7) Place children in a locked room or confine children in any enclosed area.
(8) Confine children to equipment such as cribs or high chairs.
(9) Humiliate, threaten or frighten children.
(10) Subject children to profane language or verbal abuse.
(11) Make derogatory or sarcastic remarks about children or their families.
(12) Punish children for failure to eat or sleep or for toileting accidents.
(13) Withhold any food (including snacks and treats), beverages or water, rest or toilet use.
(14) Punish an entire group of children due to the unacceptable behavior of one or a few.
(15) Isolate and restrict children from all activities for an extended period of time.
(E) The provider's compliance with this rule applies to all individuals on the premises, and to all individuals responsible for children on trips away from the provider's home or home of the child receiving in-home aide services.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/30/2007 and 03/31/2013
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 5104.011
Rule Amplifies: 5104.011
Prior Effective Dates: 4/1/82, 9/1/86, 5/1/89, 10/1/97 (Emer.), 12/30/97, 4/1/03