‘Two mothers had been told it was illegal to look after each others’ children without being registered.’
‘Ms Shepherd said: “A lady came to the front door and she identified herself as being from Ofsted. She said a complaint had been made that I was illegally childminding.
“I was just shocked - I thought they were a bit confused about the arrangement between us.
“So I invited her in and told her situation - the arrangement between Lucy and I - and I was shocked when she told me I was breaking the law.” ‘
‘Under the complex childcare rules, it is illegal for an unregistered parent to collect someone else’s child from school and look after them for more than two hours, if this is a reciprocal arrangement and so providing a “reward”.
This would mean that after-school play-dates - where families helped each other by taking home each others’ children on different days - would not be permissible without registration and inspections.’
”But if a couple of parents agree to share getting children from school…?
Such play-date arrangements, with friends going back to each others’ houses after school, offering a “reward” for both families, taking place in day time and on a regular basis, would be illegal under Ofsted’s interpretation of the law.
Ofsted would not be likely or able to pursue such arrangements, but nevertheless, as the two policewomen discovered, that is what the law sets out.’
‘The campaign, one advert for which features a cartoon fingerprint unveiling the identity card to an admiring audience of other fingerprints, is expected to cost £544,000 between September and December.’
‘This week a dinner lady at a village primary school was sacked for telling a child’s parents that she was sorry their daughter had been attacked in the playground at school. Carol Hill had found seven-year-old Chloe David tied up by her wrists and ankles, surrounded by four boys, having been whipped with a skipping rope across her legs. Hill had rescued the child and taken the boys to the headteacher.
That night she bumped into the parents, who were friends of hers, and offered her sympathy. It instantly became clear that the parents had not been told the story by the school. Their daughter had arrived home traumatised and refusing to talk about what happened, with a note saying only that she had been “hurt in a skipping-rope incident”. As soon as the school discovered that Hill had told the parents the truth, she was first suspended for several months, and then sacked by the governors for “breaching pupil confidentiality”.’
‘Yesterday morning the chief executive of the National Association of Headteachers was asked what he thought Hill should have done in the instant that she realised Chloe’s parents were in the dark. His response? That she should have refused to comment, and then followed “proper procedures and processes” within the school if she was unhappy with what the family had been told.’
The article has more examples of mindless bureaucracy replacing looking after children properly. The story above is carried on BBC News, the Telegraph, and the Times. The Daily Mail and the Mirror are saying that one of the bullies was the child of a school governer.