Everything you need to know about Ofsted Registration

Published: 01/07/2021

Do nannies need to be Ofsted registered?

No, nannies do not have to register with Ofsted. However, there are some nannies who choose to do so voluntarily.

What are the benefits of Ofsted registration for nannies?

When a nanny is Ofsted registered it increases their professional status and can also help them get more work.

What are the benefits of Ofsted registered nannies for parents?

When a parent employs a nanny who is Ofsted registered it allows them to get help with childcare costs.

This may be through the Tax-Free Childcare scheme or through childcare vouchers.

You can find more information here.

How much does Ofsted registration cost and who pays?

It costs around £105 to apply to register with Ofsted and this fee needs to be paid each year to remain on the register.

Some nannies will already be Ofsted registered and pay for their own subscription. If a family requires a nanny to be Ofsted registered and the nanny isn’t yet, the parents will often pay. This is because Ofsted registration offers a financial saving to families.

What does a nanny need to be Ofsted registered? 

  • 12 hour Paediatric First Aid
  • A minimum level 2 childcare qualification, or training in the common core skills
  • Public liability insurance
  • Enhanced DBS
  • The nanny must apply as a 'home childcarer' and not as a childcare provider on domestic premises.

How long does Ofsted registration take?

It can take up to 12 weeks to process the application.

Can a parent use childcare vouchers/ tax free childcare before the Ofsted application is complete?

During the registration period it may be possible to claim backdated childcare vouchers. However, this would be on a case by case basis. The parent would need to contact the voucher scheme company or their own HR department to seek additional information to see if they can back-date any vouchers.

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