The Ofsted register
In 2007, The Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR) replaced the Childcare Approval Scheme (CAS). The arrangements mean that all childcare (in England) can be registered by Ofsted, if they meet the requirements.
Ofsted operate two registers: the Early Years Register (EYR) and the Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR). Since September 2008, 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.
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. The cost of registration is £103, (including the cost of the CRB check which the government is currently subsidising in full). An annual fee of £103 is payable to Ofsted to renew registration.
Parents who employ an Ofsted registered nanny can receive some financial contributions towards their childcare costs. There are two types of financial support available: employer-supported childcare vouchers and working tax credits.
For further information on Ofsted please select from the links below :Ofsted website or contact them by phone on 0300 123 1231.