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    Hopefully this is vaguely the right place to ask this.

    I've had an enquiry about summer holiday care for a 5 year old. However, I will be already minding my full allowance of children in the early years age range on 1 of the days the family need, and there is an overlap of 1 hour on another day.

    I've seen that if the child is in full time education they may count as outside this age range but does this count in the summer holidays?

    Would there be any point applying for a variation for the 6 weeks? I doubt they'll continue care afterwards, and of the 3 children in the EY bracket, 1 is my own and 2 are siblings.

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    Ofsted no longer give variations, they will refer you to the EYFS guidelines, and you make your own judgement.
    A couple of things you need to be aware of...
    You can NEVER go over 6 children under the age of 8
    You should risk assess and be able to show how you are able to meet the needs of all the children in your care should an inspector turn up
    The 5 yr old would be out of the EYFS bracket as soon as they started full time school - even if they were only 4 when they started school (rising 5 it's called)

    Hope that helps

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    Thanks Kiddleywinks. It's very helpful. I did wonder why my registration certificate didn't specify numbers this time when last I was registered it did.

    If I risk assess I'd include things like:

    I'd have my adult daughter home during those times anyway as she could then be in charge of my own daughter (but don't want to have to employ her for such a short term contract), and
    I wouldn't take on any other children suring that time.

    Do you think that would be ok? Also do I have to send the details or anything to Ofsted?

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    Helen

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    Crisis averted, the child is in full time education and 6 in September.

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    That's good, but for future reference, no, you don't need to inform ofsted

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    Thanks so much Kiddleywinks, that's really helpful to know.

 

 

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