A Place to Grow Learning Blog

  • When Conflicts Arise at Day Care: The Importance of Clear Expectations and Rules in the Classroom

    Posted by on October 27, 2015

    Conflict is a natural part of life, including life at day care. A Place to Grow takes a unique two-pronged approach for addressing conflict in the classroom. We have developed proactive strategies that prevent conflicts from occurring, as well as on-the-spot interventions that teachers use when conflicts arise.

    To prevent conflicts from developing, every classroom has a daily schedule that is predictable, yet flexible. Children ages four and up participate in establishing the rules and expectations of the classroom. In this way, the children feel a sense of ownership with regard to the rules. We have found that when children understand what is important to teachers and their peers, it becomes important to them as well. Guidance is designed to increase each child’s understanding of their inner controls and to enhance their ability to use language as a problem solving tool.

    When conflicts crop up – and they inevitably will – teachers assist children in verbalizing their needs and feelings. Children are taught to express negative emotions in ways that do not harm others or themselves. Teachers always remain in control of the situation and ensure that the balance of power between children remains evenly distributed. Children with challenging behaviors are observed by teachers to identify what events, activities, interactions, or environmental factors contribute to disruptive behaviors. By working closely together with parents, our teachers are better positioned to help children achieve age-appropriate self-regulation.

    No one likes conflict. However, understanding how to deal with it in a productive way is essential. We believe that A Place to Grow has developed an effective strategy based on clear expectations, guidance, and thoughtful interventions. If you’d like to learn more, please stop by – we’d love to meet you, as well as your child!