Registering as a childminder (England)
Registering as a nanny (England)
Nannies work in the child/ren's home.
They may care for children of any age, for up to 2 families at the same time, wholly or mainly in the home of one family. If a nanny cares for children from more than 2 families at the same time they must register as a childminder instead.
Nannies do not have to register with Ofsted but there are benefits to registration, including parents being able to use the tax free childcare scheme to pay the nanny.
There are two registers maintained by Ofsted: The Early Years Register, for childminders caring for children from birth to the 31st August after their 5th birthday. The Childcare Register: compulsory part for childminders caring for children from the end of the EYFS up to the age of 8 and voluntary part for childminders caring for children aged 8y and above and for Ofsted Registered nannies caring for all aged children.
To become registered nannies must have first aid training, childcare training (Level 2 or common core skills), public liability insurance, an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
Nannies must agree to meet the requirements of the voluntary part of the Childcare Register which include safeguarding children, no smoking; no corporal punishment, suitability, health and safety, qualifications and training, and anti-discriminatory practice. Ofsted inspect 10% of providers on the Childcare Register, including nannies. They will always obtain consent from the parents before entering the premises however.
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