Hi, this is going to be a bit of a long one - sorry! I have a few questions regarding expenses, as I have been given different answers by other childminders that need clarifying please. Could you please tell me if the following are allowable:
1) I have installed a downstairs toilet, in able to be inclusive and provide care for children with disabilities. Someone mentioned that I couldn't as it was also benefiting my property if I was ever to sell, but I could claim for the actual cost of the fixtures and fittings (sink, flooring, tiles etc).
2) I have chickens that I use as a learning resource for the children, but was informed that I needed to build an enclosure for them whilst cared for children were present, as the chickens poo a lot and it can be dangerous (they used to free range in the garden and go in the coop to sleep). Can the materials for the enclosure be claimed for, and also food etc?
3) I have a shed in my garden that I have previously used for my own purposes, but rather than buying another, I have built lots of shelving inside to store the children's outdoor toys and gardening equipment that we can use for our vegetable/flower gardens. Is it true that I can buy the shed off myself as I am now using it for my business?
I have all the receipts for the materials purchased, all the work has been completed by my partner and myself so there are no labour costs.
Many thanks in advance