Biting Policy and Procedures
It is the policy of the centre that biting another child is not allowed. However, young children often bite out of frustration, from teething etc. It is often a phase they go through for a short period.
- If one child bites another the worker should first of all comfort the bitten child and check to see if the skin has been broken.
- If skin is broken phone the parent and ask if the child has had a tetanus immunisation.
- Rub the wound with a sterilised wipe.
- Tell the child that biting is not allowed here and distract him/her to some activity.
- It is advisable to have separate activities for the other child.
- Write up an incident report for the Parent to sign.
- Do not disclose the name of the child that bit to the Parent.
- If there is persistent biting form a particular child, then that Parent should be informed.
- Have good observation strategies in the room to ensure that the opportunity to bite is minimised.