Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own Childcare Approval Registers:

For Scotland, please visit the Scottish Care Inspectorate.

For Wales, please visit the Childcare at Home Approval Scheme.

For Northern Ireland, please visit the Home Childcarer Approval Scheme.

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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.

2. An application can be posted to you. Contact Ofsted via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call them on 0300 123 1231.

See here for Babyem's Guide to Becoming an Ofsted Registered Nanny.

How long it takes

Ofsted aims to complete applications within 12 weeks.

Mandatory Criteria

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.

Registration Costs

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:

RequirementCostTo note
Ofsted's curent cost of registration £105 Registration must be renewed every year.
Common Core Skills training Between £50-£150 Depending on the training provider/course.
Paediatric First Aid training/certificate Between £80-£120 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 £50-60 A new check must be carried out every three years for an up-to-date disclosure.
Public Liability Insurance Between £50-£80 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.
Ofsted Info

Download Ofsted's Guide to registration on the Childcare Register from September 2012 [PDF], or visit their Guide to Registration page.

Please note that whilst we try to provide helpful information about Ofsted and registration, we are not able to help with the process of registering.

Please contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 or visit for all registration queries.