Owning a daycare business comes with great responsibility. Childcare jobs include the responsibility of teaching young children about strangers and personal safety.
Helping children protect themselves is a joint effort of adults and children. Most of the responsibility is on the adult to protect the child. Childcare providers may educate parents about the grooming process of offenders. This means explaining how offenders befriend a family and seek situations where they can have secrecy with a child.
Some excellent tips for keeping children safe:
- Childcare providers and parents need to know how to screen caregivers and ask questions to help ensure their child’s safety.
- Teach and reminded children that their body belongs them. This means NO ONE is allowed to touch their private parts except if a doctor needs to look at them and a parent is present.
- Explain to parents that both adults and children have to have the understanding that, “In our family, we don’t keep secrets.” In cases when children are unsafe, the perpetrator is looking to develop secrecy with a child. No secrets allowed.
- Children should have a home and family in which they know they can tell their parents or caregivers about any worries, fears or concerns without being punished and that no matter what, their caregivers will always love them. Encourage children to have open communication with parents and other trusted adults.
Additional safety tips for school age children:
Child care providers that care for older children should teach the following:
- Don’t travel alone. Take a friend, or two, or three. The more the merrier and the safer!
- When in doubt about an adult in your company, say “no” and flee to tell a safe adult.
- Children don’t have to be polite or obedient to any adult that is asking them or telling them to do something they don’t think is right. Teach children that if they feel uncomfortable, they must pay attention to that feeling. Teach children they have permission to say “no.”
- Walk with head up high, eyes looking around, and carry something in your hand that can be used for defense.
- Children should always let their parents know where they are and with whom. Children should check in on the phone every few hours if they are away for a long time.
The children in your care should k now how to locate “safe” adults. Teach young children to look for a woman or a mom. If they can’t find a mom, they should find someone wearing a nametag.
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