I wonder if anyone can advise? I'm going to be minding a friend's 7 month old a couple of days a week when she goes back to work. Do I need to register, declare it etc? She's only going to be paying me £30 per day... I haven't got any relevant qualifications etc, I'm really just doing her a favour.
Yes you need to register, declare it, do it all properly. You will also need to check that your insurance covers this. You could be opening yourself to a whole heap of complications if you try to do this under the radar.
It is so sad the the government have to cash in on people helping out their friends with childcare. Because let's be honest that's what it's all about, so they can tax what is paid. They give free childcare to jobless people so they can 'find work' yet the hardworking amongst us have to pay through the nose. It's wrong
They do not give free childcare to the jobless so they can look for work.
They give 2year olds 15 hours free access to EYFS as they have an historically proven higher chance of being behind developmentally. Or, in laymans terms, these kids have been identified as needing a little boost.
Remove the money, then would you still do the care? If you are doing it out of friendship then that is one thing, money complicates it.
With money involved, easier for you to work at the babies home as a nanny but then things like national minimum wage applies.
It may seem that Government are interfering too much on these sorts of arrangements but they do so for a reason... they are trying to protect children. We have had childcare laws since the 1950's possibly earlier than that.
Put simply, to make it legal you have three options
1. If you're looking after the child in your own home you must register as a childminder. 2. If its in her house, you can be a nanny, but then she must pay you min wage and register herself as an employer if this amounts to more than £150/week. 3. Or as Cindy says, remove the money and its completely legal.