Fair enough. But who are the ministers telling Ofsted this?
Ofsted inspectors in England have been told by ministers to show "common sense" in interpreting laws on friends helping each other with childcare.
Two mothers had been told it was illegal to look after each others' children without being registered.
The reciprocal arrangement had been seen as providing a "reward".
Go over to the Daily Telegraph and you find that the chief among them is schools minister Vernon Coaker.
That is a familiar name to anyone who has followed Labour's nationalisation of childhood over the past 12 years. As a backbencher and then a minster, Coaker has been one of the chief advocates of this process.
His greatest comrade-in-arms was Hilton Dawson, who left parliament at the 2005 election. Dawson later gained his reward when he was made the new chief executive of the British Association of Social Workers.
So it is ridiculous for Coaker to call on Ofsted to use commons sense. It is doing no more than applying the law which he did more than most to bring into being.