Biting is an age appropriate developmental stage, a concern that is not uncommon among toddlers and two year olds. At the Little School, we recognize that biting is as normal and natural as toileting and tantrums, yet we accept that it is our responsibility to provide and maintain a safe environment for all children. This policy has been developed to enhance children’s safety by summarizing the steps that will be taken in biting situations:
When Biting Does Occur:
For the Child that was bitten:
1. First aid will be given to the bite. If the skin is broken, the bite will be examined by the nurse and covered with a bandage.
2. Parents will be notified immediately if the skin is broken otherwise they will be notified at pickup time.
3. An incident form will be filled out documenting the incident.
For the child that bit:
1. The child will be removed from the situation and told that biting is not allowed. Very little attention will be given to the biter concerning this action.
2. The parents will be notified at pick up time. Parents will also be notified about biting attempts.
When Biting Continues:
1. The child will be observed and occurrences and behavior will be documented. Staff will shadow the biter to try to prevent the behavior from occurring and look for patterns in this behavior.
When Biting Becomes Excessive:
1. If a child inflicts 2 bites in a one week period (5 weekdays) in which the skin of another child is broken or bruised or the bite leaves a significant mark, a conference will be held with the parents to discuss the child’s behavior and how the behavior may be modified. Keeping consistency at both home and school will allow us to work together to reduce the amount of biting.
2. If the child again inflicts 2 bites in a one week period (5 weekdays) the child will be asked to remain at home for 2 contracted school days.
3. If the child again inflicts 2 bites in a one week period (5 weekdays) the parents will be asked to make other child care arrangements for their child.
If a child goes through all of the steps above and goes more than 3 weeks without biting we will go back to step 1 if the child bites again.