I have a small dog (jack-a-poo) called Max. He will be at home during childminding hours.
I believe that children can learn a lot from having contact with animals; however certain procedures must be followed to ensure the safety of the children.
Max will spend most of his time in a separate part of the house to the children. He will be let out into the garden during the day and any foul will be cleaned immediately, I will also check the garden every morning and clean any fouls up.
Children who make contact with Max will be taught to treat him with respect and to be gentle with him; they will always wash their hands after touching him.
The children will be taught that not all animals are friendly and they must ask before touching/stroking any animal
Max’s food will be stored out of reach of the children
Max’s food and water bowl will be in a room that is not used for childminding