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Illegal childcare

What is illegal childcare?

Childcare becomes illegal when a child is looked after by someone who isn’t registered under the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law 2002 and they:

  • aren’t a close relative
  • look after your child for more than two hours
  • are paid or rewarded for the service

How to report illegal childcare

If you think illegal childcare is taking place, you can contact the Childcare & Early Years Service (CEYS) anonymously. Email the Childcare & Early Years Service Team

You should try to give us some or all of the following information:

  • where possible the name of the person / s offering the service
  • the address where the childcare is taking place
  • the number of children being cared for and, where possible, their ages
  • any information on payment taking place

How we investigate illegal childcare

We’ll investigate any information given to us and we may contact:

  • the Children's Service
  • the police
  • other States departments
  • the parents of any children being cared for illegally

Evidence of illegal childcare will result in prosecution under the Day Care of Children (Jersey) Law 2002.

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