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How would you handle a physical altercation between two children? How do you address the issue of bullying?

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By: Rachelle Enns

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The topic of bullying is a significant one, and every child care provider should have firm processes in place to immediately deal with a situation surrounding bullying. Some ways that daycare address bullying includes:

- Talking often about playing nice, and being kind
- Reward empathy and kindness
- Have clear consequences for bullying such as timeouts
- Regularly praise good behavior

Professional Answer Examples
Answer example

"We know, as childcare professionals, that kids under the age of 3 have not yet developed the cognitive ability to be empathetic; however, we can teach it early on, and greatly encourage it by praising good behavior and having immediate consequences for behavior that is unkind. I know that kids imitate what they see so, if there were a physical altercation, I would have a meeting with both parties and their parents, to get down to the root of the issue."

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"Last month I had a similar situation arise, where two four-year-olds had a physical altercation that involved biting and pinching. I called in the parents for a meeting and explained the situation. The parents arranged a private play-date between the kids so they could learn to get along and trust each other. This response helped a great deal with how they got along, moving forward. I realize the importance of nipping this behavior in the bud immediately, and will not let destructive behavior to go ignored. If the situation persisted, I would recommend removal of the child from the program. Every child has the right to feel safe."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
First written on: 06/12/2013
Last modified on: 02/03/2019

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How would you handle a physical altercation between two children? How do you address the issue of bullying?
Yes because I take my job seriously and I am very flexible.
No because I have a kids.
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