Do I need to register?
As a nanny, you can join the voluntary part of the Ofsted childcare register. It is voluntary so you don't need to register to work as a nanny but if you do register you can:
- go to our workshops
- advertise your service online for free
- get a free quality improvement toolkit that has been written just for registered home-based childcarers in Surrey
And the families you work for can apply for some financial contributions towards their childcare costs including Working Tax Credits and Childcare Vouchers.
How do I register?
The first thing you need to do is check that you meet Ofsted's criteria. To become registered with Ofsted you need:
- public liability insurance
- a valid paediatric first aid certificate - the Health and Safety Executive offers guidance on choosing a first aid training provider and you can find a register of providers at the Register of Regulated Qualifications
- a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be done as part of the registration process
- to have the Common Core of skills and knowledge.
The Common Core is not a qualification, it is a set of common values for people who work with children and young people. There are six areas that make up this set of values:
- effective communication and engagement
- child and young person development
- safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child
- supporting transition
- multi-agency working
- sharing information.
If you have a full and relevant childcare qualification, for example the NNEB or Certificate for the Children and Young People's Workforce, then you will meet the Common Core.
Once you are confident that you meet all the criteria you can apply for registration on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register by visiting the Ofsted website. There is a fee to become registered and an annual fee after that
Tax and National Insurance
As a registered nanny you will nearly always be employed by the family you work for rather than being self-employed. If you're unsure, have a look at the HMRC web page.
This means that the family you work for are your employer and must pay tax and National Insurance contributions on your behalf. It also means that you have the right to certain benefits like paid holiday and sick pay. For more information visit the GOV.UK website.