Two working mothers have been banned from looking after each other’s toddlers because they are not registered childminders.
The close friends’ private arrangement had let them both return to part-time jobs at the same company.
However, a whistleblower reported them to the education watchdog Ofsted and it found their informal deal broke the law.
This was because little-known rules say friends cannot gain a ‘reward’ by looking after a child for more than two hours outside the child’s home without agreeing to a number of checks including one from the Criminal Records Bureau.
Although the mothers never paid each other, their job-sharing deal was judged to be a ‘reward’. Campaigners fear thousands of working families could be innocently breaking the rules by relying on close friends for informal childcare.
That is just stunning. Whoever framed these rules (note it doesn’t say “laws”) ought to be dragged out and shot face-down in the gutter. And the meddlesome ratbag shopped these two ladies who quite frankly did something that in a sane world would be regarded as utterly sensible ought to suffer the same fate.
Though that is merely petty revenge and not a solution to the proggie take-over of basically everything. That would take a revolution.