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The Handing Over of Responsibility

Research has shown that more accidents/incidents occur when both the childminder and parents are present. This is for a variety of reasons:

  • The child may feel that with both adults talking they are being ignored, therefore they misbehave to gain attention.
  • The child senses that neither adult feels comfortable taking responsibility and tests boundaries further than they would normally.
  • No one is supervising the child sufficiently and accidents occur.

I feel it is therefore best that we discuss this situation before the matter arises and an accident occurs.  It is important that the child is helped to understand who is responsible for them and when this responsibility changes to another adult.

I expect the parent to take over responsibility as soon as they arrive, although I will ensure that the child continues to adhere to my Childminding House Rules whilst in my home.  I will support the parent if the child begins to misbehave and ensure that we maintain a united front.