Q&A on the Ofsted register
Q: Is registration on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register compulsory for nannies?
A: Nannies are not required to be registered on the Ofsted Childcare Register. Registration is entirely voluntary. However, to be able to claim the childcare element of working tax credits or employer supported childcare vouchers, parents must use nannies who are registered.
Q: How long does the registration process for the voluntary part of the OCR take?
A: The length of time it takes to become registered depends primarily on how long it takes for the CRB check to be completed. This can vary a great deal from a few weeks to, in a minority of cases, a few months for the process to be complete. It is recommended that nannies allow plenty of time when renewing.
Q: How much it cost for nanny to be registered?
A: Registration costs £103*, which includes the cost of a CRB check. The annual cost of renewal is £103*.
Q: Who should be expected to cover the cost?
A: The parents benefit financially and as a result they often end up covering the cost. However, it could be argued that as the registration gains momentum nannies may be perceived as more employable, and so in the future may be expected to foot the bill. Be aware that if the parents do pay for the registration it is considered a benefit in kind and should be declared as such.
Q: Can the childcare vouchers be applied retrospectively?
A: No they can only be used once nanny has been issued with her unique reference number by Ofsted.
Q: Where can I find out more information?
* Registration and renewal prices correct for March 2012.