Biting can be an uncomfortable subject for parents of both the biter and the child who is bitten. This policy will explain how we deal with biting within the nursery. Please do discuss any concerns you may have regarding this issue with a member of staff. If your child has a tendency to bite, we would prefer to know in advance.
Children bite for a variety of reasons. This may be because they are teething; frustrated; exploring using their mouth; asserting their independence and wanting to gain control, maybe of a toy, or they could be stressed. It may also be because they want to gain attention.
Procedure (how we put the policy into practice)
We will work with you and your child to establish when and why they are biting. We will observe the child closely to see if certain conditions or situations trigger the behaviour, and then work with them to try and avoid the incidents occurring. This may involve altering the child’s routine, giving them more one to one attention, purchasing additional resources so sharing is not such a major issue or, if it is because a child is teething, provide suitable teething resources.
We will ensure that if a child is bitten that they are comforted and given lots of attention. We will ensure that any first aid is applied correctly, if required, and the incident will be recorded in the book and parents asked to sign it.
If your child bites then they will be removed from the situation. We will explain to them, according to their age and understanding, that biting is unacceptable behaviour. For younger child this may be communicated through tone of voice and facial expressions rather than lots of words. It may be necessary to exclude the child from an activity until they are calm enough to return. We will also encourage the child to apologise to the child they have bitten and work with them to develop strategies to help them deal with the reasons.
Many children go through a stage of biting. Please don’t be alarmed, it doesn’t last forever!
This page was last updated on Monday, May 6, 2019.