Generally the rules are there to ensure everyone gets the protection and support they need, but in this case the rules may be too strict. Two policewomen set up a reciprocal agreement to childmind for each other so they could both return to work. Ofsted have stated that they need to be registered as childminders if they are getting a reward for looking after unrelated children for longer than 2 hours or for more than 14 days a year. For the women in question they will be unable to work if they’re not allowed to childmind for each other, it all seems to hinge on just what constitutes a ‘reward’.
September 28, 2009
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