Overnight care is different to day time care, as your child may have additional night time needs and there are additional standards that must be met to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the child during their stay.
Whilst the child is in my care, I as the childminder will be responsible for them, and not any other member of my family. No one other than my immediate family and any other children being minded overnight will be sleeping in the house, and all members of the household over the age of 16 will have been DBS checked.
I will work closely with you, the parent/carer, to ensure that your child’s needs are met. We will discuss your children’s normal bedtime routine, preferred comforters, eating and drinking requirements etc. Please let me know if your child is likely to have any problems in the night, bedwetting, nightmares, sleepwalking etc and how you normally deal with it. I will also need to know if your child has any dietary or medical requirements.
I will show you where your child will sleep and ensure that they given fresh clean bedding and towels for their own personal use. If you wish to supply your own bedding that is possible.
Children under 6 months old will sleep in a cot in the same bedroom as me, as per current SIDS guidance.
Please let the child bring any comforters or belongings that will make the child feel at ease. (i.e. a cuddly toy, blanket or their own pillow).
Depending on the needs of your child and the other minded children who may also be staying overnight, your child may sleep in a travel cot or on a ‘put me up bed’, and share a room with one or more of the other minded children who may also be staying overnight. If this is unacceptable, please let me know so I can make other arrangements.
All exterior doors will be locked and windows properly secured whilst your child is staying with me and your child will be made aware of any emergency evacuation procedures (see Emergency Evacuation Procedures). I will ensure the smoke alarms are tested and in proper working order and that all electrical equipment such as the TV are turned off at night.
I will need emergency contact numbers, including where you are staying if you are away. I will also need details of a person I can contact should you be unavailable, in case your child becomes distressed, ill or for emergency purposes. This person will need to be on your list of emergency contacts.
If the child becomes ill, i.e. sickness or diarrhoea, I will ask for someone to collect the child.
If you have any concerns regarding the overnight care of your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. Above all I want your child to feel part of my family and both parents and children to feel at ease.