You thought No joy in Middleville was crazy: A Michigan woman was told not to watch neighbors’ kids waiting for the bus without a license. Nobody can match the English for meddling bureaucrats: Two job-sharing policewomen have been threatened with prosecution as illegal childminders because they trade babysitting for their two-year-old daughters, who are best friends.
But the mothers, both 32, have now been told by Ofsted that surveillance teams will spy on their homes to make sure they are not continuing to care for each other’s daughter.
For the past two-and-a-half years, one looked after both of the girls while the other worked a ten-hour shift. Both worked two days a week.
A neighbor’s complaint triggered the inspection.
The nanny state exempts only family members from the ban on babysitting for more than two hours a day. Both mothers have placed their daughters in child-care centers. One mother, separated from her husband, has applied for government benefits to pay the cost.