Biting in child care

Biting in child care

It is normal for children of a very young age to bite their friends. They don't have the complex language skills that we do, and they are struggling to understand their feelings. If your child is a biter, please know that it is not your fault, it is not something you can stop immediately, but we can work together to find effective strategies to help your child understand what they are doing. Some children bite because they are teething and it simply feels good on their gums, some bite because they are frustrated and some bite because they get attention (good or bad, it is attention). As part of their normal development, children of baby or toddler age, tend to explore everything with their mouths. They are oral learners and as such, they put things in their mouths. "Biting is an almost inevitable part of life for children in child care centres. As you will have noticed, young children explore their world with their mouth and biting is a natural extension of that process. For children under three years the urge to bite arises from this natural curiosity and it can also be linked to feelings of stress, frustration and excitement." Care for kids website https://www.careforkids.com.au/articlesv2/article.asp?ID=79

If your child happens to be the victim of another child biting them, please understand that we cannot name the child who has done the biting. As part of our confidentiality agreement at the centre, we are not allowed to divulge that information to parents. Do know, that we will be speaking to the parent of the child who is biting to work out positive ways to change the behaviour, and please try to be understanding of the fact that it is part of natural development and learning for young children. 

If you are concerned about your child's behaviour in relation to biting, please come and speak to one of our Educators so we can work out strategies which will work for you and your child.