According to Ofstead.. baby-sitting is now illegal unless people register as a childminder. What next, people having to register with the RSPCA to dog sit??? http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8277378.stm Parents in England who regularly look after friends' children and receive a "reward" for doing so must register as childminders, regulator Ofsted says. It said most parents would be exempt but those who babysat for more than two hours at a time, or for more than 14 days per year, should be registered. The "reward" could be money or free baby-sitting in return, it said. The warning comes after Ofsted told two policewomen to end an arrangement to care for each other's children. According to the Mail on Sunday, Ofsted told two detective constables, Leanne Shepherd, from Milton Keynes, and Lucy Jarrett, from Buckingham, to end their arrangement. Ms Shepherd told the newspaper: "When the Ofsted inspector turned up, the first thing she said was: 'I have had a report that you're running an illegal childminding business'. "I straightaway thought she must be mistaken, so invited her into my home to explain we were police officers and best friends helping each other out. "But she told me I was breaking the law and must end the arrangement with Lucy immediately.