I'm in France so this may be a weird local thing but DH dropped 4yo DD at a school friend's party today and the parents refused to accept DH's phone number. He never implied any worries about their ability to look after DD but surely leaving a phone number is just common sense, isn't it? It doesn't even need to be an emergency, at that young age sometimes they get upset over nothing and want to leave early. DH had to insist three times and refuse to leave before they accepted the number (they don't know us outside a brief hello at the school gate, nor do they know where we live).
At DD's birthday party last year I asked all parents to write down their mobile number before leaving and one dad refused. He said I knew he lived just down the road, which indeed he did but if there was any problem with his son was I supposed to leave the other 27 kids and go running down the road instead of calling? I promise I am not selling these numbers to cold callers!
I remember the first time sineone dropped and ran on me at my pfbs 3rd birthday. Said child was 2.9 and it was at a soft play. He looked at me like I was bonkers when I asked him to leave his mobile no!!
Hell yes. No parent should leave his/her child with someone without a contact phone number. I could just imagine the paramedics reaction to the answer "I don't know", to the questions they would ask in an emergency.
1) What is the child's full name and address? 2) Do you have a contact number? 3) Does the child have any allergies? 4) Do you know he/her medical history? 5) Religion? (Important if there is any major blood loss)
I imagine the police would then be called in to try and track down the parents. Wonder how they would like that?