So, recently my almost 2 year old has decided to see what he can get by with both at home and daycare. He's a toy throwing, hitting, yelling mess. At home, we put him in time out in a chair in our living room for two minutes (just started the 2 minutes instead of 1 min, he'll be two in two weeks.) Usually that ends the behavior pretty quickly. In fact, sometimes we just tell him if he does xyz thing again, time out it is, and that ends it.
I walk into daycare to pick him up the other day and his teacher is ducking toys that he's pelting in her direction!! Ack! They said he'd hit other kids that day too. Now, I have no idea why I'd never asked before, probably because he'd never done anything "bad" before (he's usually a pretty mellow little kid at daycare), but I had no idea what their time out policy was. I had just assumed they did time outs. Apparently, due to DHS regulations, they are not allowed to put kids in time out or even use the word "no" until they are three years old!! So, they are just ducking flying toys and "redirecting" him, which I can tell you won't work with Mr. Independent. Since it's a state regulation, it's not like changing centers. or even home based care, would change that policy.
Is this a similar policy across all states/regions? Can your daycare put kids under the age of 3 in timeout? Do you personally put your 2 year old in time out?