No its just the same as any self employed job. If you used the room solely for cminding and no one else ever sat in it, then you could possibly, but its the same for window cleaning etc no you can't claim.
I thought we could put through the cost of a steam clean once a year but not an actual cleaner, as it's your home too so most things apart from say washing the toys regularly - would have to be done anyway.
I claim for cleaner, gardener, car valet. My DH works away Mon - Fri so he can't do the last two, so I have to pay someone so it is safe for the children in the garden and that they don't get dirty from a muddy car!
My accountant says it is fine. If I was running an office and self employed, I'd pay a cleaner to do the office, car wash is a valid expense,( DH's company expect the car to be kept immaculate so pay for his to be valeted) and property maintenance is too, hence gardening is claimed.
How bizarre. I would have thought you could only claim if they only cleaned the play room and toys, or if you only used the garden and car for childminding . Mind you, if the Inland Revenue think it's OK, then go for it. I certainly don't see why a percentage couldn't be claimed (like heat and light, etc).
This clearly states only reasonable costs may be claimed for cleaning if used solely for childminding, so unless you don't live or cook in your home you can not claim for everything. Childminders have very generous consessions at the moment and if these are abused we are likely to lose them.www.hmrc.gov.uk/manuals/bimmanual/BIM52751.htm
When I attended a training session by the Inland Revenue, they made it clear that we can claim for a cleaner to clean all rooms used for childminding. The children use most of the rooms: they pee all over the floor when using the loo, they smudge all over the windows, they trail mud in from the garden.
If they weren't there, my house wouldn't need anything like the cleaning it currently does. That's what's meant by childminding activities.