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little chickee
07-11-2010, 11:13 PM
Sorry to drag up this old topic again but im after a bit of advice for a friend.

She is in the process of registering as a cm and i've been helping her out with her paperwork etc. She has had an enquiry about minding 2 schoolies after school - now before she is registered.

It will be 2 kids for 2 hours 3-4 days a week. She will be chargeing. Another cm has told her that she can do this as long as its not for more than 2 hours.

Now i was under the impression that it is 2 hours a week not per day and only if its unpaid. Who is right?

She is a good friend and there is no conflict of interest as i do not have space for these kids - i just dont want her to go ahead and risk jeapodising her registration.

08-11-2010, 02:33 AM
Hello - It is 2 hours per day.

I have copied the below from Ofsted website this morning, which I think covers your friends situation

2. If you provide care where a child does not stay with you for more than two hours a day, even if your childcare service is open for longer than two hours.

Please make sure your friend reads document to ensure she is meeting the requirements.


And if still not sure phone the helpline.

Penny :)

08-11-2010, 07:55 AM
I'm sure there used to be something about no payment or reward - maybe that's been removed now?

I'd ask your friend to double check with Ofsted by email so she has a written reply.

Miffy xx

08-11-2010, 09:06 AM
I don't know if things are the same in Scotland, but in England you don't have to be registered as long as the children are with you for no more than 2 hours a day. You can be paid for it, but would obviously have to declare the earnings.