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When you say caretaker, I think of a number of people that this could be; a babysitter, child care provider, teacher, relative, brother, sister, even parents can be seen as being a caretaker. I will assume that for this question you are referencing a baby sitter, child care provider, or a non parents who has the responsibility of caring for a child. With this being the case, discipline by a caretaker is generally determined by the parents of the child and the caretaker. If the caretaker is a child care provider of some kind, I am sure that he or she has rules (as I do with my child care) that children and parents must adhere by to remain in my program. Parents as well are free to express their concerns with discipline, and what they do and do not approve of with their children. This we, both sides get an opportunity to decide whether or not the relationship will work. If you are speaking in regards XXXXX XXXXX caretaker that assumes the whole responsibility of the child, such as being their legal guardian, that adult has the responsibilities of developing their methods for discipline of the child, just as they would with their own child.
Caretakers of all types, including child care providers, baby sitters, guardians, and parents would do best in learning safety by taking CPR and 1st aid certification, or at least training courses for the age group of the children for which they care. Most programs teach both child and adult CPR together. This link to the American Red Cross allows you to search for training courses for caregivers and families by zip code: http://www.redcross.org/portal/site/en/menuitem.d8aaecf214c576bf971e4cfe43181aa0/?vgnextoid=bf970c45f663b110VgnVCM10000089f0870aRCRD&vgnextfmt=default
This link from the Department of Human Services should as well provide useful resources in finding training programs and information on caring for children: http://michigan.gov/dhs/0,4562,7-124-5529---,00.html
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