A preschool code of conduct spells out clearly for parents, children and caretakers the expectations for the children enrolled in the program. It addresses topics including behaviour, discipline and consequences under which a child may be asked to leave the program.
Preschool children are still in the process of learning appropriate social behaviour and manners such as using words instead of physical aggression, taking turns, sharing and asking another child to play with them. A preschool code of conduct may cover any or all of these concepts to help guide children in correct group social interaction.
Preschools engage in a variety of disciplinary actions depending on the specific student and situation. A code of conduct should include information detailing common disciplines used such as "time out" along with those that are never used, such as corporal punishment or abusive language.
The preschool code of conduct represents one of the first important communications between the school and the family. This is also the chance to detail how the preschool will communicate with parents about issues; for example, the school may telephone, send notes home or hold occasional parent-teacher conferences.
Children at preschool should begin to understand their responsibility in following rules and being respectful of both peers and teachers. The code of conduct clearly states such expectations for children and some preschools may even request that parents sit down their child and explicitly explain the school rules.
Some children experience more difficulty engaging in social activities with peers and following rules. The code of conduct explains the steps the preschool will take in dealing with such situations.