Our guide to the Ofsted Register for Nannies

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Families are entitled to use Childcare Vouchers to assist towards their childcare costs. In order to do this their nanny must be Ofsted registered. This is quite an expensive and lengthy process but it is advisable that you have it done as it makes you more employable. Below are some FAQ’s to help guide you through the process; if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.

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Q: What criteria do I need to meet?

A: You must

  • Have a recognised childcare qualification or show that you have 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 DBS disclosure; one will be done as part of the process if you have 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?

A: It is advisable that you become Ofsted registered as it shows that you are professional and take your career seriously. However, as it is the family who will be getting the financial benefit they are sometimes happy to pay for some or all of it.

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Q: How much does it cost to become registered?

A: 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 you require 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 I start the registration process?

A: The easiest way to do this is online at www.ofsted.gov.uk. You can also call Ofsted on 08456 404040. Please note that you must register as a ‘Home Child carer’ when filling out the form (type CR1 in the search box to find the correct form quickly) or applying by telephone. Ofsted will then advise on what happens next, how to get your documentation verified at the Post Office and how to pay the fee.

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Q: How long does the process take?

A: 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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Q: What happens once I am registered?

A: You will be issued with a certificate of registration. The family will now be able to pay part of your wage with childcare vouchers supplied to them by their employer. Your family will then ask you to register with the voucher company that they use and will explain to you how to redeem them; this is usually done straight into your bank account. There is no cost to you to do this.