The most commonly asked questions from nanny employers, nannies and nanny agencies:
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 employ nannies who are registered.
The length of time it takes to become registered depends primarily on how long it takes for the DBS check to be completed.
On average Ofsted aim to complete applications within 12 weeks.
It is recommended that nannies allow plenty of time when renewing.
Registration costs £105, this does not include the cost of the DBS check. The annual cost of renewal is £105.
Read more here about Registration Costs
The parents benefit financially and as a result they often end up covering the cost. However, it could be argued that 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.
No they can only be used once nanny has been issued with her unique reference number by Ofsted.
To find out more about the voluntary part of the OCR please visit www.gov.uk/guidance/how-to-register-as-a-childminder-or-nanny-quick-guide