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The 2 hour rule? Does a person need to registered to look after children pre-school?

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ziopin · 22/05/2007 09:37

My nanny is going to be part time next year. My Mam will do the pre-school run 3 days per week, and a friend has agreed to do it for 2 days. Does she need to be registered? We havent disgussed money, but I'm sure she'll want some!!

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ziopin · 22/05/2007 11:49


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islandofsodor · 22/05/2007 11:51

Yes, she needs to be registered if she will be looking after your child for 2 hours or more at a time. (or 2 hours in total if its before and after pre-school but check on that) She can look after your child for uup to 6 times a year without being registered, any more and its registration.


dmo · 22/05/2007 12:48

3 hr rule is for 1 offs i think cant be a reg thing


Katymac · 22/05/2007 13:08

Unregistered care is OK up to 2 hours a day


myjobismum · 12/09/2007 11:58

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blessingchild · 12/09/2007 13:10

As it has already been said, she does not need to register if it is for 2 hours or less in a day or if the care is in your own home instead of hers.

I also read it in the recent publication(Gettingonwell) by Ofsted that one does not need to register where care is only provided between 6pm and 2am. Can anyone confirm this please?


Hulababy · 12/09/2007 13:14

If she isn't being paid then I don't think it matters at all.

Otherwise If she is being paid - up to 2 hours a day max I think.


nannynick · 13/09/2007 00:23

'For Reward' does not just mean money, it also includes other things, such as a box of chocolates, exchange of some kind of service.

In England, If someone cares for a child at their [the minders] home for more than 2 hours in a day (a day is considered to be 2am to 6pm for purposes of the Childcare Act 2006 - from memory, I think the definition of day is contained in the Care Standards Act 2000, but it's late so sorry no time to look it up), and there is any kind of reward, be it money or otherwise, then that provision must be registered. However, reality is that no one may know about it... it would only be when someone reports it, that any action would occur.

A work around is that the child is cared for in the child's own home, thus the carer is a nanny, for which currently there are no requirements for registration.

zopin - if a friend is taking your children to pre-school, surely the children will be with your friend for less than 2 hours per day... won't they?


nannynick · 13/09/2007 00:27

sorry, it's late didn't spot that ziopin's original question was dated some time ago - so feel free to ignore me ziopin

myjobismum - yes what you describe would require registration, as it would be very hard to prove that you were not gaining anything out of providing the childcare.


myjobismum · 13/09/2007 10:47

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