Lost Child Policy

The care of your child is paramount and I will always aim to ensure that they remain with me and my registered assistants 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 shopping centre, 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 take precautions to avoid situations like this happening by implementing the following measures:

  1. I ensure children hold my hand or the pushchair, whilst we are out.
  2. Avoid going to places that are overcrowded.
  3. I teach the children about the dangers of wandering off and of talking to strangers.
  4. Have emergency cards on me at all times.
  5. Have reins/wrist straps on the children who are walking whilst out.