Number of registered childminders in Jersey halved

Childminders are being put off working in Jersey by high social security contributions, a child carer has said.

Education Department figures show the number of registered childminders has halved in the past eight years.

Child carer Jennie Marriot said part of the problem was the high social security contributions.

But Jersey's Childcare Trust has worked with the minister in charge to help lower contributions for childminders.

Ms Marriot, who has been a child carer for 15 years, said: "It was preventing a lot of girls from becoming registered family child carers and they so want to stay at home with their own children but are not able to because of the high cost of social security.

"As of last week we do now have a new system of paying whereby it will be based on their estimated earnings as opposed to their previous two years' earnings."

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