Here, in my home (private facility), expulsions could occur if a child harmed other children or myself. A pattern of destructive behavior where a child intentionally destroys or vandalizes materials and belongings of others or the facility could also lead to expulsion. Being a home childcare facility – as opposed to a Center – we are limited on people -- it's just me; this makes it more difficult to offer specialized attention to children with special behavioral problems – those which negatively, and perhaps dangerously, impact themselves and/or others. So, if a child verbally and/or physically hurt another child or myself more than once intentionally, or if he or she engaged in consistent, destructive behavior that damaged, broke, or otherwise ruined materials or belongings of others or the facility, there would be expulsion.If I had to expel, which I have not ever had to do, I have outlined in my policy the steps the family and I would take, so it wouldn't catch anyone off guard or leave a family hanging with no help.
This is my approach toward the outlined steps, and it's served the kids I care for, their families, and my family, for years now:"Expelling a child for behavior that he or she probably has little control over isn't easy; discussion would take place between parents and myself in the event that a "good fit" may no longer existed between the child and/or family and the facility, if a child verbally and/or physically hurt another child or staff member more than once and did so intentionally, or if he or she engaged in consistent, destructive behavior that damaged, broke, or otherwise ruined materials or belongings of others or the facility. We would try to understand why the child is acting how he or she is, and together discuss how to better manage the behavior. If the situation remains unmanageable after time had been taken to work to the best of our ability, and the child's harmful and/or destructive behavior continues, expulsion may occur.
"If a child were ever to be expelled, I would do everything within my power to help the family find a new child care facility more adept to tend to the needs of the child. We would be in contact with our Childcare Referral Agency and follow their advice. We'd have to understand and agree that seeking a change in care facilities would be to the benefit of all the children – not a punishment for one."Childcare is difficult to find, and I know one thing that keeps people in business where I live is that we have some freedom in how we conduct business.Additionally, where I live we have a lot of American Indian children, White children, and boys as well as girls, but I couldn't treat one race or gender differently than I treat another. That is the very definition of racism and it's not allowed in my home or my state and frankly, up until recently, I thought racism was illegal everywhere and the world is in a movement to stomp it out. It still creeps up, though, in statements like yours, with an innocent mention of POC and boys as the "trouble-makers." All kids can cause trouble, and all kids can rise above and surprise us all. I can't discriminate/favor, and I won't discriminate/favor. Were I to discriminate or favor children based on race or gender: I risk the loss of my license, disqualification from food program, the inability to receive reimbursement from subsidized programs, and would no longer able to participate in our quality rating system. I could no longer look myself in the mirror. This talk needs to end!