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9502.0395 BEHAVIOR GUIDANCE.

Subpart 1.

Methods.

Caregivers shall give each child guidance which helps the child acquire a positive self-concept, self-control, and teaches acceptable behavior.

A.

The provider shall discuss methods of behavior guidance with parents at the time of admission and the parent's standards shall be considered by the provider within the context of this part when guiding the behavior of a child.

B.

Behavior guidance used by caregivers must be constructive, positive, and suited to the age of the child. Methods of intervention, guidance, and redirection must be used.

Subp. 2.

Standards.

The following shall apply to all caregivers when guiding behavior in children.

A.

No child shall be subject to corporal punishment or emotional abuse. "Corporal punishment" means the nonaccidental infliction of physical pain on a child by a caregiver. Corporal punishment includes, but is not limited to, rough handling, shoving, hair pulling, ear pulling, shaking, slapping, kicking, biting, pinching, hitting, and spanking. "Emotional abuse" means the infliction of verbal or psychological abuse on a child by a caregiver. Emotional abuse includes, but is not limited to, name calling, ostracism, shaming, derogatory remarks about the child or child's family, and threats which threaten, humiliate, or frighten the child.

B.

Food, light, warmth, clothing, and medical care shall not be withheld from the child.

C.

Discipline and punishment shall not be delegated to another child.

D.

The separation of a child from a group to guide behavior must be appropriate to the age of the child and circumstances requiring the separation.

E.

An infant shall not be separated from the group for disciplinary reasons.

F.

A child shall not be separated from the group for a period longer than ten minutes.

G.

A child separated from the group must be placed in an area or separate room that is well-lighted, free from hazards, ventilated, and open to the view of caregivers.

H.

No child shall be placed in a locked room to separate the child from the group.

Subp. 3.

Toilet training.

If toilet training is undertaken, the provider and parent shall cooperatively develop a plan for the timing and method of training.

A.

No child shall be punished for toileting accidents.

B.

A child shall be offered opportunity for toileting.

Statutory Authority:

MS s 245A.09; 252.28

History:

9 SR 2106; 10 SR 2617

Published Electronically:

October 8, 2007