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Q&A on the Ofsted register

**Please note that whilst we try to provide helpful information about Ofsted, we are not able to help with Ofsted registration.**

Below are the some of most frequently asked questions about the Ofsted Childcare Register by nanny employers, nannies and nanny agencies. If you have any further questions you would like to see answered here, please send them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 DBS 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 does it cost for nanny to be registered?
A: Registration costs £105, this does not include the cost of the DBS check. The annual cost of renewal is £105.

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?
A: For more information on the voluntary part of the OCR you can contact Ofsted by telephone on: 0300 123 1231 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Alternatively, visit the Ofsted website.


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