Rules of conduct for children in a group child care facility

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?

Last Updated: September 26, 2008

Author: Debby Golonka, MPH

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Michael J. Sexton, MD - Pediatrics

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