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What behavior management and guidance practices must I have in place?

You must:
(1) Develop and implement written behavior management and guidance practices for the center;
(2) Guide the child's behavior based on an understanding of the individual child's needs and stage of development;
(3) Promote the child's developmentally appropriate social behavior, self-control, and respect for the rights of others;
(4) Ensure behavior management and guidance practices that are fair, reasonable, consistent, and related to the child's behavior;
(5) Prevent and prohibit any person on the premises from using cruel, unusual, hazardous, frightening, or humiliating discipline, including but not limited to:
(a) Corporal punishment including biting, jerking, shaking, spanking, slapping, hitting, striking, kicking, pinching, flicking or any other means of inflicting physical pain or causing bodily harm to the child;
(b) Verbal abuse such as yelling, shouting, name calling, shaming, making derogatory remarks about a child or the child's family, or using language that threatens, humiliates or frightens a child;
(c) The use of a physical restraint method injurious to the child, locked time-out room, or closet for disciplinary purposes; and
(d) The using or withholding of food or liquids as punishment.
(6) In emergency situations, a staff person may use limited physical restraint when:
(a) Protecting a person on the premises from serious injury;
(b) Obtaining possession of a weapon or other dangerous object; or
(c) Protecting property from serious damage.
(7) Staff who use limited restraint must complete an incident report. A copy of the incident report must be:
(a) Placed in the child's individual record; and
(b) Given to the parent.
[WSR 06-15-075, recodified as § 170-295-2040, filed 7/13/06, effective 7/13/06. Statutory Authority: Chapters 74.12 and 74.15 RCW. WSR 03-14-110, § 388-295-2040, filed 6/30/03, effective 8/1/03.]
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