Childminder Problem

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  1. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    I am looking into childminders and a lady said she wasnt allowed to disclose her ofsted number. How am I supposed to check her ofsted report? Thanks
     
  2. lolababes

    lolababes Well-Known Member

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    I thought you had to get it for tax credit purposes???

    I would be a bit concerned if I couldnt get it... how do you know she has one if she wont give it?????
     
  3. stephwiggy

    stephwiggy Well-Known Member

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    Nope she has to show you proof that she is registered and had been inspected - that a bit fishy !!!
     
  4. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    I have no idea and I am new to all this.
     
  5. Aidan's Mummy

    Aidan's Mummy Mummy to Aidan and Oliver

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    That doesn't sound right. Maybe ring ofsted and ask if your allowed access to her ofsted number x
     
  6. A3my

    A3my I am so lucky!

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    YOu do need the number to claim childcare vouchers - my childminder has always been open and honest about hers. I'd be very wary of her trying to keep it from you. There is no reason not to tell you!
     
  7. choc

    choc Well-Known Member

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    They have to tell you!
     
  8. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone.
     
  9. cw1975

    cw1975 Mummy to Archie

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    Its because once you have the ofsted number you can claim tax credits .

    Some people go to the childminder, get the ofsted number and then start to claim tax credits and never use the childminder

    I couldn't get the nursery one until he started but they did give me a copy of their ofsted report beforehand x

    Edit tax credits for childcare I meant x
     
  10. ttcgeordie

    ttcgeordie mammy of 2 boys

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    you need her number for tax credits and as a registered child minder, she should show you anything you want!
     
  11. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    What is the number I need to get from her?
     
  12. charliebear

    charliebear Mum to AJ & Pumpkin

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    You can search by her name and address on the Ofstead website.

    As previously said, people do go to childminders get their Ofstead numbers and claim for childcare when they are actually not. Which is probably why she's reluctant to give it out.
    :flower:
     
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    charliebear Mum to AJ & Pumpkin

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    Find that slightly strange, maybe she hasnt got one. When I made a claim for WTC & CTC my son's childminder gave me her ofsted number, no questions asked.
     
  15. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    She said she isn't allowed to disclose it but will show me a report when I visit. To be honest I would rather check myself as no point visiting if she is poor. X
     
  16. kiwimama

    kiwimama Soon to be family of 4!

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    I would be thinking it's a bit suspicious.
     
  17. lolababes

    lolababes Well-Known Member

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    Never thought about that :dohh: I must be too honest :haha:
     
  18. Celesse

    Celesse Well-Known Member

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    Why can't she disclose it? I got a list of all the minders ofsted number in my area when i was looking for a minder.
     
  19. loopylou86

    loopylou86 Well-Known Member

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    She hasn't got back to me!!
     
  20. discoclare

    discoclare Well-Known Member

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    No you can't search for childminders by their name and address. You can search for Nurseries and schools by their name or address but not childminders. To search for a childminder on the OFSTED website you need their unique reference number.
     

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