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Ofsted reciprocal childcare ban to be reviewed

Last post 28/09/2009 09:39 by frog67. 1 replies.
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    28/09/2009 08:52

    Ofsted reciprocal childcare ban to be reviewed

    The Children's Minister, Vernon Coaker has ordered a review of the childcare act which was used by education regulator Ofsted to stop two police officers who had been looking after each other's children whilst the other parent was working.

    The two working mum's were shocked to be visited by Ofsted inspectors and be accused of being illegal childminders.

    Under the 2006 Childcare Act, because the two police officers were looking after each other's child for more than 2 hours or 14 days a year, they were considered to be "providing childcare for reward", despite the fact that no money was involved and that they were merely helping each other out. Both officers were told that they would have to register to become official childminders in order to continue looking after each other's child.

    Ofsted, has said that "reward" is not just a case of money changing hands. The supply of goods or services and in some cases reciprocal arrangements can also constitute a reward.

    The decision by Ofsted could potentially affect tens of thousands of parents around the county and has been widely criticised by parents and children's organisations. A petition to scrap the reciprocal childcare rule has even been set up on the Number 10 website.

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  • Re: Ofstead reciprocal childcare ban to be reviewed
    28/09/2009 09:39
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    This is an absolutely mad ban!

    Reciprocal childcare between friends and colleagues is essential to tens of thousands of parents. Taken literally (which Ofstead looks to be doing at the moment), this daft law would also stop parents taking friends' kids home after school on a regular basis - something probably hundreds of thousands of us do. 

    Lets hope the authorities see sense and overturn this crazy ban on reciprocal childcare!

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