My kids will be looked after by a new childminder soon. I have a practical question: My DS2 -2yo and her DS2 - 1yo will be with her all day (one each older will be at school/nursery). To get around with the little ones she will need a double buggy - I am thinking of offering to find one on Ebay and split the cost? is that reasonable? who usually pays for things like this? Thanks for any advice...
If you actually mean a proper registered childminder (some people say childminder, but mean nanny/mother's help/someone they know who looks after children unregistered) then the childminder would pay as it's something she needs for her business.
I agree the CM should buy it = though she can't "claim" the cost back from HMRC or anyone else. She will still have to pay for it, and if she doesn't earn enough to pay tax, which a lot don't, she will have no tax advantage. If the cost of the buggy, treated as an expense, takes her just under the tax threshold, she will arguably save about a quarter of its value.
if she's a registered childminder then she will buy the buggy if she doesn't have one already, as she will use it for other children, not just yours,even after yours have left. If she is a nanny/au pair then it would be reasonable to split cost if it is for your and her child solely.