About the Ofsted Childcare Register
**Please note that whilst we try to provide helpful information about Ofsted, we are not able to help with Ofsted registration.**
Parents who employ an Ofsted registered nanny may receive financial contributions towards their childcare costs. There are currently two types of financial support available: employer-supported childcare vouchers and working tax credits.
Ofsted operates two registers: the Early Years Register (EYR) and the Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR). Provision for children up to the age of five is required to register on the EYR, unless exempt, and provision for children aged between five and seven is required to register on the compulsory part of OCR, unless exempt. The exemptions apply to childcare provided in the child's home such as nannies and babysitters, plus childcare in an activity-based setting such as sports coaching or homework support and tuition.
Ofsted registration for nannies
Nannies who would like to become registered with Ofsted can join the voluntary part of the childcare register as long as they meet the criteria.
Ofsted registration costs £105 per year plus £50-£60 for a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service; previously CRB (Criminial Records Bureau) and the nanny must also have insurance. In order to continue being registered, a nanny will need to renew their registration annually.
There is no direct equivalent to the Ofsted register available in Scotland. Parents must employ a nanny through a nanny or childcare agency registered with the Care Inspectorate in Scotland. In Wales, nannies can register with the Voluntary Approval Scheme operated by Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).
Alternatively you can visit the Ofsted website or contact them by phone on 0300 123 1231.