Guernsey childcare laws may be updated

People paid to look after children aged up to eight may have to be registered in proposed changes to Guernsey's childcare rules.

The Health and Social Services Department is looking into updating the law, which is more than 40 years old.

It has launched a consultation asking islanders for their views on the proposed changes.

These include the regulation of childminders, nurseries, pre-schools and creches.

Currently only facilities and staff that care for children up to the age of five have to be registered, although States run schemes are exempt.

The move to those caring for those up to the age of eight would bring the island into line with English law.

The consultation is due to end on 8 March.

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