∑ Our feelings on biting incidents at Winyates Playgroup, through our 35 years of experience, is of open mindedness and stage of development, meaning most children between the ages of 0-5 will experience either being bitten or biting another child!
∑ Although this can be a downside to group care, every honest playgroup/ nursery in the country will have experienced these incidents at some time. These incidents can also be beneficial to the children involved, by understanding about the feelings of each other.
∑ Every incident of biting is individual, as so is every child, no situation can be assumed and many reasons can be behind these incidents.
∑ IT CAN ONLY BE AVOIDED COMPLETELY BY ISOLATING CHILDREN, BOTH AN EXPENSIVE AND ANTI-SOCIAL OPTION!
∑ Every care is taken to avoid biting as it isnít a social skill, we encourage and praise :
∑ Taking turns
∑ The needs of the biter /bitten and surrounding children of the situation will be dealt with calmly and firmly by the nearest member of staff.
∑ In any incident the bitten child is comforted and dealt with together with the child who bit, to let them witness the hurt they have applied to another.
∑ Both sets of parent/guardian will be informed by a member of staff of the incident that day and accident sheet to be signed by the bitten Childs parent/carer. Parents/carers will be kept informed if the incidents reoccur at anytime.
∑ Winyates playgroup is positive with helping children through this stage of development, we have found that through stories and songs enriched with the awareness of feelings e.g. Crying, hurting, scared, encourages the understanding of both sides of the incident.
∑ If in any case this didnít resolve the matter with the help of parental guidance and support outside, help would be sought through our improvement adviser for further advice and guidance.
This policy was originally adopted at a meeting of Winyates Playgroup Pre-school
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