The care of your child is paramount and I will always try to ensure that they remain with me and are safe.

However sometimes children can become 'lost’ in busy places and therefore as a responsible childminder I have written a procedure that will be followed in the unlikely event of this happening.

  • I will immediately raise the alarm to all around me that I have lost a child and enlist the help of everyone to look for them
  • If it is a secure area such as a supermarket, I will quickly alert the security staff so they can seal off exits and monitor the situation on any CCTV
  • I will provide everyone involved in the search with a description of the child.
  • I will reassure the other children with me, as they may be distressed
  • I will then alert the police and provide a full description
  • I will then alert the parents of the situation
  • I will inform Ofsted within 14 days

I take precautions to avoid situations like this happening by implementing the following measures:

  • Ensuring the children hold my hand or the pushchair whilst we are out
  • Avoid going to places that are overcrowded
  • I teach the children about the dangers of wandering off and of talking to strangers
  • All outings will be risk assessed to ensure they are safe and suitable
  • I will gain written permission from parent/carers before going on outings