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Childminder Ratios(3 Posts)
I cant seem to find any defiant answer, i have moved into a new house and have lots of room. In my last property i had only two children but since moving here word of mouth has got round and i have had lots of enquiries. I am now turning away children
I obviously changed address with Ofsted and told then i was planning on having more children and they basically said it would be down to floor space at my next inspection.
I now have eight children only one full time and the rest are a mixture from two days a month to three days a week.
I have registered an assistant and i am in the process of registering another assistant.
I don't do school runs and never leave the children, the only reason i would would be an absolute emergency such as an injury/ accident etc.
Assuming the space required is more than covered My children's play room alone is over forty sq/m what is my limit.
Expenses are quiet high with toys activities and paying My assistants food and snacks. Ive done the maths and i appear to have two choices. I stick with the currents ofsted ratios for just myself or i have up to nine or more children with the two assitance.
What is the limit, i would love to here from any busy Childminder's who have been in a similar situation. All my enquiries are for children under five over one.
We had a lovely day today we baked cookies and did finger painting and every child went home with these. But from a business point of view i need to know where i stand with numbers.
I have just turned away the most delightful little girl who would have been full time because I'm worried about this and her mother was quiet upset.
Just ring ofsted for advice. You can have up to nine at any one time if you've two assistants I think, but there can be only so many under 1 etc.
Up to 9 with 2 assistants and enough floor space. If you go over 2 assistants, you have to re-register as childcare on domestic premises, which is a lot more complicated, including how many toilets, different registration, etc.
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