In terms of goods: if you say they can borrow your lawn mover in exchange for caring for your child for a few hours, that I feel would be ok. The problem is when it becomes Money Worth, which is when the goods or service has a defined value... so buying £10 of shopping for each hour of childcare provided I feel would be seen as Money Worth.
End of the day who will know, would anyone complain? Swap childcare for childcare and you should be fine.
According to an article I read about 3 months ago, it cannot be any reward, regardless of what that is. You cannot even offer childcare in return for childcare if it is in your own home apparently, two women were penalised for it. It is legal to look after each other's children in the child's home. I am UK based.
Thanks all. That's useful. Essentially on the Ofstead doc lists those excluded from registering. Point 8 about payment and good still confuses me- is it saying that if you care for a child in their own home for 3 hours a day or under you can pay them?!!
Alternatively could we both be nannies? They don't have to register and we can both look after the children in their own homes? I feel like I'm missing something here?!
Is the explanation of the ammendment and it specifically says in 4.4 That looking after friends children in return for goods or services which include reciprocal childcare is excluded from having to be registered so fine to do. It says payment that is like money including store vouchers is not exempt. So my idea of paying for shoppis not ok, but direct swaps of childcare is.