How to Register
Nannies and other Home Childcarers can voluntarily register if they wish in the following ways:
1. Through the Government Gateway which can be accessed via the Government Gateway website.
See here for Babyem's Guide to Becoming an Ofsted Registered Nanny.
How long it takes
Ofsted aims to complete applications within 12 weeks.
Ofsted have set mandatory criteria for home childcarers wishing to become registered. The applicant must fulfill all of the criteria.
1. The Common Core Skills and Knowledge in Childcare
This usually applies when nanny is relatively new to childcare and has had no formal training. There are various nanny training organisations around the country offering one-day courses, read more on our Common Core Skills page.
2. Paediatric First Aid Certificate
For obvious reasons, the appropriate training in first aid is a requirement. Read more on our Paediatric First Aid page.
3. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check
This is a police and criminal records check which must be carried out to ensure the individual is safe to work with vulnerable members of society. The DBS replaced the former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in December 2012. Read more on our DBS Checks page.
4. Public Liability Insurance
Essential cover for the nanny should anything happen to the children, or as a result of the children, whilst they are in her care. At Nannytax we provide a policy, read more on our Nannyinsure page.
The cost of registering largely depends on which of the requirements the nanny needs to obtain in order fulfill the criteria. The table below shows expected costs:
|Ofsted's curent cost of registration
||Registration must be renewed every year.
|Common Core Skills training
||Depending on the training provider/course.
|Paediatric First Aid training/certificate
||Depending on the training provider/course. The cerificate remains vaild for 3 years - upon expiry a refresher course must be undertaken for an up-to-date certificate.
|An enhanced DBS check
||A new check must be carried out every three years for an up-to-date disclosure.
|Public Liability Insurance
||Depending on the insurance provider and the level of cover/quality of the policy. Policies last for 12 months and must be renewed every year.