What is the correct course of action to take in the event of a member of staff being bitten by a child, or a child biting another child? These incidents can be quite nasty, especially where one child bites another, and can leave parents feeling very upset.

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What is the correct course of action to take in the event of a member of staff being bitten by a child, or a child biting another child? These incidents can be quite nasty, especially where one child bites another, and can leave parents feeling very upset.

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An early years provision, which is part of local authority (LA) services, will generally find that the LA has a policy that includes bite injuries. Other providers should ensure that they too have a policy that reflects best practice.

Biting incidents can certainly be distressing for children and parents, and must be managed carefully by a provider.

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