However, we have raised the concern with PACEY, which is looking into the issue nationally.
‘We are also working with district and borough councils to find out if restrictive covenants are likely to have an impact on childcare placements in future.
Prospective and existing childminders are being prevented from setting up or continuing to run their businesses from home because of restrictions in their property title deeds.
The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) says it is increasingly hearing reports of childminders unable to start a business, and existing childminders who move home and are unable to continue to work, because of a covenant preventing owners from trading or operating a business on the land their property is built on.
“Demand has always been high for our services, and when a house came up for rent across the road, we snapped it up as it allowed us to accommodate more children,” she says.
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“My vision was to provide the flexible service that parents so desperately need.This followed a dispute with a neighbour in which the restrictive covenant was raised.Councillor Richard Boyles, cabinet member for children and young people, said, ‘To our knowledge this is not an issue in Gloucestershire.PACEY believes this could be contributing to the decline in the number of new childminders in recent years.One childminder in Gloucestershire was recently told she must stop working due to a restrictive covenant on the deeds of the house she purchased five years ago and in which she has been childminding ever since.Taking on an assistant can bring a range of benefits to your setting.As well as being able to expand the number of places you offer, it will also allow you to share ideas for planning and activities.Managing individual registered childminders across the different sites helped me to provide a seamless service for families.” Childcare on domestic premises can be registered with Ofsted either in an individual’s name or in a company name.You must make sure you meet the requirements for group care and that staff hold the relevant qualifications.This is where four or more people come together to work in a home-based setting at any one time.A childcare on domestic premises setting can sometimes feel like a ‘mini nursery’.