They are an independent government department, which is responsible for the inspection of a range of education and children’s services, and for the inspection and regulation of registered early years and childcare provision. Their full title is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
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Nannies need to hold a recognised childcare qualification, for example NVQ 2 or 3 in Childcare or CACHE level 3 diploma. If the nanny does not hold a recognised childcare qualification, they must have attended an 'Introduction to Childcare' course. Please contact us for details about suitable courses.
Nannies also need to have attended a paediatric first aid course within the last three years. They will also need to hold valid nanny insurance.
Registration currently costs £103. The same fee is applicable annually, when renewing your registration.
Ofsted aim to complete applications within 12 weeks.
Ofsted are linked with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formally known as the CRB). This means that any future criminal convictions will be flagged up to Ofsted.
Nannies who are registered with Ofsted may also be inspected at any time. An inspection will always take place if a complaint is made against a nanny.
In many cases, families employing a nanny registered with Ofsted can apply for childcare vouchers from their employers. They can pay their nanny partly with these vouchers and it can result in a substantial saving for the family. The nanny still receives the agreed wage but it is paid from different places. Alternatively the family may be able to receive working tax credits to help with childcare costs.
Another benefit to nannies of being Ofsted registered is that you become more desirable to families when looking for a nanny placement. Although Ofsted registration is not compulsory for a nanny, many nannies are becoming registered to aid with their job searches.
Sometimes the family will pay all the costs, as they are benefiting from saving money each year through childcare vouchers or working tax credit. However, there is becoming an expectation for nannies to be registered, therefore a growing number of families expect nannies to cover the cost of becoming and staying registered with Ofsted. As there are benefits for both nannies and families, sometimes the fairest option is to split the costs 50/50.