1770 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062

Biting Policy

Our Biting-Policy

Although it is not uncommon for very young children to bite, it is a behavior that is taken very seriously, and is strongly discouraged.   Whenever a child is bitten, the teacher’s first task is to comfort the child.  Next, the wound will be washed with anti-bacterial soap.  If the bite has broken the skin, the parents will be contacted immediately.  However, if the bite is superficial, and the child has returned to play, then both sets of parents will be advised of the incident at dismissal.

When a child under the age of 2 bites, it is generally for one of the following reasons:

  • Out of curiosity – “what will happen if I………ouch!”
  • Out of affection – starts with a hug, ends with ……ouch!
  • Out of ownership – trying to get something from another child…..ouch!
  • Teething – these are textural biters, looking for comfort……ouch!

In the instance of these youngest children, the teachers will try to determine which type of biting scenario has taken place.  Then, they will closely monitor the situation, hoping to intercept the next “need to nip” – accompanied by a stern “NO”.  If the biting becomes a chronic problem, then it may be necessary for the child to withdraw from the program for a month, in an attempt to break the biting cycle.

 If this occurs, the parents may choose to pay for ½ month tuition to hold the spot in the class for a month, while they work on the problem at home.  When the child returns after the month, if the biting is still an issue, the child will be withdrawn from the program for the remainder of the year.

When children are older than 24 months, biting is less common.  Language is beginning to become the tool of choice, with “No!” and “Mine!” being used most frequently.  These verbal warnings alert the teachers that it may be time to intervene, and redirect the playmates involved in another direction.  When an older child bites, the preschool’s policy is:

  • 1st offense – The child who bites will be quickly removed from the situation, while one teacher comforts the child who has been bitten, and attends to cleaning the bite. This might include guiding the child to a quiet place in the room like the reading center or other similar area where the child can take time to settle down. The teacher will speak with the offending child about what has happened. The child is reminded that teeth are for eating food & smiling, not for biting.  Both sets of parents will be told of the incident.
  • 2nd offense – The child’s parents will be asked to keep their child at home for the same number of days that the child attends preschool each week, and focus on helping the child understand that biting is unacceptable.
  • 3rd offense – The Preschool Board will meet to determine whether the next step will be further time at home, or removal from the program for the remainder of the school year.