Nannies and Ofsted

Most parents understand that all schools and childcare centres must be registered with Ofsted.

This is also the case with child-minders who offer childcare in their own homes. There is, however, no requirement for nannies or au pairs who provide childcare in your home to register with anyone at all but Ofsted does operate a voluntary register for nannies.

Why should nannies register on the Ofsted Childcare Register?

There are advantages to having a nanny who register on the Ofsted childcare register including:

  • You can use employer provided childcare vouchers as part of the nanny’s salary.
  • The nanny’s professional status is increased.
  • The nanny must have appropriate qualifications, DBS clearance and an up-to-date paediatric first aid to gain registration giving increased peace of mind.
  • The nanny must hold public liability insurance.

In order to register:

  • They need to confirm that they have the core skills in childcare with a recognised childcare qualification (an ICP certificate at the minimum).
  • They have a current first aid certificate.
  • They are also required to have an enhanced DBS check (previously criminal record check) but this will be done as part of the Ofsted registration process, if they haven’t already got one. If a nanny obtains a DBS check from an alternative source, then they need to register with the DBS update service within 19 days of the certificate being issued (https://www.gov.uk/dbs-update-service ), nannies must also give their consent to Ofsted re-checking their DBS certificate at least every six months.
  • In addition the nanny must be caring for one or more children (birth to 17) wholly or mainly in the home of one of the children for a continuous period of at least two hours in any one day or for a period of less than two hours when the childcare arrangement starts or ends before or after normal school hours.

You can either hire a nanny who is already Ofsted registered or ask them to register when you offer them the role or thereafter. Please note that these registrations will be on the voluntary register. There is no legal requirement for nannies to be Ofsted registered.

The registration process can be initiated online via the Ofsted Online Portal. In order to access the Ofsted’s Online Portal, https://online.ofsted.gov.uk/OnlineOfsted/default.aspx. If he/she doesn’t already have one, a nanny will need to create a personal Government Gateway account. Once they have logged into their Gateway account they can then access the Ofsted Online Portal to begin registration. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Ofsted helpline on 0300 123 1231.

To be able to claim the childcare element of working tax credits or childcare vouchers, parents must use nannies that are Ofsted registered. As it is the parents who benefit from the Ofsted registration, it is usually them who pay for the costs. Please note that Ofsted registration is considered to be a benefit in kind and therefore should be declared as such on your tax return.

Please contact Parental Choice for further guidance on benefits in kind.

Parental Choice is here to help you make the right choices for you and your family. If you need an Ofsted Registered Nanny, after-school nanny, au pair, childminder live-in nanny, we can help you giving you the right information.

Contact us today for free, impartial advice: 020 8979 6453 info@parentalchoice.co.uk