a CM can have not more than 6 under the age of 8 and of those not more than 3 under the age of 5 and of those not more than one under 1. there may be a variation of numbers but as far as I know it is never for more than 6 children under the age of 8. of course a CM can have a number of children over the age of 8 (and that is from 8 yrs and one day old) as long as it does not detract from the care he or she is giving to the other children.
could the 4 year olds mayb not be at school and be classed as 5. maybe it was a one off. if you see her 2morro see how many children she has. was she walking could it be that some children walking home themselfs and live in the same direction were just tagging along and talking to some of her minded children while they walked
No, the younger ones were def nursery age and under, only the elder 3 at school.
Def all 8 kids were with her. Just curious about this really, not intending to do anything about it as they all seemed happy and organised, but just seemed an awful lot for one person, i wouldn't fancy it!
My youngest son looks like he should still be in nursery he is that tiny, he is 4 and in full time school - therefore for ratio purposes he can be classed as a rising 5. One of my mindees is a rising 5 and even tinier than my son. I am just making a point that the children can appear a lot younger, if people know the children are only 4 as well that sometimes leads to some explanation.
There are many reasons why this minder may appear over her numbers - she may have a variation in place (for continuity reasons for example), it may have been an emergency situation - ie helping out another minder. without seeing her certificate or knowing the circumstances then no one can say for sure. Can you approach this minder and ask? If you are geninuely concerned then you could contact Ofsted - if she has done nothing wrong they can determine this quickly.
children over the age of 8 aren't classed in her numbers as such - most minders in accordance with their insurance can have upto 12 children in their care at any one time - normally no more than 6 under 8's within the ratios stated.