Increase the ratios allowed for childminders

At the moment, childminders are allowed to care for 6 children under the age of 8, 3 of whom may be under 5 and 1 of whom may be under 1. This is the basic legal ratio allowed for childminders.

It does not take into account the childminder's experience, how long the childminder has been minding, or his or her Ofsted grade. It takes no notice of whether a childminder works alone or with another childminder.

There is a great shortage of childcare in my area and I am having to turn business away because I am not allowed to care for extra children without OFSTED's express and very specific permission, granted only in exceptional circumstances. This not only restricts my business, it also restricts parental choice.

I would like to see the Government allow experienced childminders with Good or Outstanding grades to increase their ratio by law, without having to request a variation from OFSTED. .

Why is this idea important?

At the moment, childminders are allowed to care for 6 children under the age of 8, 3 of whom may be under 5 and 1 of whom may be under 1. This is the basic legal ratio allowed for childminders.

It does not take into account the childminder's experience, how long the childminder has been minding, or his or her Ofsted grade. It takes no notice of whether a childminder works alone or with another childminder.

There is a great shortage of childcare in my area and I am having to turn business away because I am not allowed to care for extra children without OFSTED's express and very specific permission, granted only in exceptional circumstances. This not only restricts my business, it also restricts parental choice.

I would like to see the Government allow experienced childminders with Good or Outstanding grades to increase their ratio by law, without having to request a variation from OFSTED. .

Limit employment laws affecting parents with childminders/ nannies

Background

It is hard for both parents to find full time jobs if they have several children, because of childcare issues.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations.

Why is this idea important?

Background

It is hard for both parents to find full time jobs if they have several children, because of childcare issues.  Making use of a nanny/ au-pair is often the most convenient option.

Suggestion

Anything that makes the provision of childcare easier is welcomed.  For example, individuals, who are not running a business, could be exempted from statutory employment regulations.

Grandparents as childminders

Allow grandparents to be paid under the Child Tax Credit system to look after their grandchildren while parents go out to work. This will be better for the child and family overall. It's ridiculous that an outsider can get money for childminding, yet someone who is closer to the child and who understands the child better gets no help at all.

Why is this idea important?

Allow grandparents to be paid under the Child Tax Credit system to look after their grandchildren while parents go out to work. This will be better for the child and family overall. It's ridiculous that an outsider can get money for childminding, yet someone who is closer to the child and who understands the child better gets no help at all.