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Children Act 1989

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71Registration

(1)Every local authority shall keep a register of—

(a)persons who act as child minders on domestic premises within the authority’s area; and

(b)persons who provide day care for children under the age of eight on premises (other than domestic premises) within that area.

(2)For the purposes of this Part—

(a)a person acts as a child minder if—

(i)he looks after one or more children under the age of eight, for reward; and

(ii)the period, or the total of the periods, which he spends so looking after children in any day exceeds two hours; and

(b)a person does not provide day care for children unless the period, or the total of the periods, during which children are looked after exceeds two hours in any day.

(3)Where a person provides day care for children under the age of eight on different premises situated within the area of the same local authority, that person shall be separately registered with respect to each of those premises.

(4)A person who—

(a)is the parent, or a relative, of a child;

(b)has parental responsibility for a child; or

(c)is a foster parent of a child,

does not act as a child minder for the purposes of this Part when looking after that child.

(5)Where a person is employed as a nanny for a child, she does not act as a child minder when looking after that child wholly or mainly in the home of the person so employing her.

(6)Where a person is so employed by two different employers, she does not act as a child minder when looking after any of the children concerned wholly or mainly in the home of either of her employers.

(7)A local authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration under subsection (1)(a) if they are satisfied that—

(a)the applicant; or

(b)any person looking after, or likely to be looking after, any children on any premises on which the applicant is, or is likely to be, child minding,

is not fit to look after children under the age of eight.

(8)A local authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration under subsection (1)(a) if they are satisfied that—

(a)any person living, or likely to be living, at any premises on which the applicant is, or is likely to be, child minding; or

(b)any person employed, or likely to be employed, on those premises,

is not fit to be in the proximity of children under the age of eight.

(9)A local authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration under subsection (1)(b) if they are satisfied that any person looking after, or likely to be looking after, any children on the premises to which the application relates is not fit to look after children under the age of eight.

(10)A local authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration under subsection (1)(b) if they are satisfied that—

(a)any person living, or likely to be living, at the premises to which the application relates; or

(b)any person employed, or likely to be employed, on those premises,

is not fit to be in the proximity of children under the age of eight.

(11)A local authority may refuse to register an applicant for registration under this section if they are satisfied—

(a)in the case of an application under subsection (1)(a), that any premises on which the applicant is, or is likely to be, child minding; or

(b)in the case of an application under subsection (1)(b), that the premises to which the application relates,

are not fit to be used for looking after children under the age of eight, whether because of their condition or the condition of any equipment used on the premises or for any reason connected with their situation, construction or size.

(12)In this section—

  • “domestic premises” means any premises which are wholly or mainly used as a private dwelling;

  • “premises” includes any vehicle.

(13)For the purposes of this Part a person acts as a nanny for a child if she is employed to look after the child by—

(a)a parent of the child;

(b)a person who is not a parent of the child but who has parental responsibility for him; or

(c)a person who is a relative of the child and who has assumed responsibility for his care.

(14)For the purposes of this section, a person fosters a child if—

(a)he is a local authority foster parent in relation to the child;

(b)he is a foster parent with whom the child has been placed by a voluntary organisation; or

(c)he fosters the child privately.

(15)Any register kept under this section—

(a)shall be open to inspection by members of the public at all reasonable times; and

(b)may be kept by means of a computer.

(16)Schedule 9 shall have effect for the purpose of making further provision with respect to registration under this section including, in particular, further provision for exemption from the requirement to be registered and provision for disqualification.

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