Re: I need help - my daycare child is hitting!
The only thing I have found that works consistantly (but, not for every child) is to grab the hand in mid swing if you can, give it a squeeze (gentle...of course..not to cause pain) and say "No hit!" in a very firm voice. (not yelling)
Then after a few seconds, hold his hand, and show him "gentle". Use soft stuffed animals, or the "Pat the bunny book" and talk about genlte. Eventlually he will understand the word gentle.