Our guide to the Ofsted childcare register for families

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There is a financial benefit by way of income tax and NI exemption to paying your nanny using Childcare Vouchers. In order to be eligible to receive the vouchers your nanny must be registered with Ofsted. In basic terms each parent is able to 'exchange' up to £55 per week of their gross salary for childcare vouchers with which to pay for child care. It is important to check if your employer is registered with one of the voucher providers in order to start receiving them. The nanny will redeem the vouchers via the provider who will pay the value directly into her bank account.

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** Autumn 2015 - Childcare Vouchers will be replaced by Tax free Childcare for new registrations, more information can be found on www.gov.uk **

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Q: What criteria does my nanny need to meet?

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The nanny must:

  • Have a recognised childcare qualification or show that she has knowledge and experience of the common core skills in childcare.
  • Have a recognised & valid paediatric first aid certificate - see links page for recommended first aid courses
  • Have an enhanced CRB disclosure; one will be done as part of the process if the nanny has not already had one done by Ofsted in the last three years.
  • Take out public liability insurance - we recommend Morton Michel, please see links page

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Q: Who pays for the registration?

It is advisable that all nannies become Ofsted registered as it demonstrates their professionalism. However, as the process is quite expensive, and it is the family who will be benefitting financially, we feel it is only fair that they fund the process.

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Q: How much does it cost to become registered?

The registration itself is £103 plus the cost of a new DBS Check if required which is approx £70. All documentation needs to be verified by The Post Office for which there is a charge of £8. If the nanny requires a new First Aid certificate the cost of an appropriate course is around £120 and Public Liability Insurance is generally between £50 and £70 per year.

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Q: How do we start the registration process?

The easiest way to do this is online at www.ofsted.gov.uk. You can also call Ofsted on 0300 123 1231. Please note that nannies must register as a 'Home Child carer' when filling out the form or applying by telephone. Ofsted will then advise on what happens next, how to get their documentation verified at the Post Office and how to pay the fee.

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Q: How long does the process take?

This is a very lengthy process, it can take up to 12 weeks to complete. Please allow plenty of time to do the application. Once registered it is valid for one year

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