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Parents are able to take advantage of Childcare Vouchers or the new Tax-Free Childcare initiative by employing an Ofsted Registered nanny.

Ofsted operate two childcare registers for childcare providers in England.

The Early Years Register (EYR)

  • Compulsory for childcare providers for children of ages up to five, unless exempt.*

*Ofsted refers to a nanny, or a person who minds children in the children’s own home, as a Home Childcarer, and they are exempt from the compulsory registers. Nannies can register under the voluntary part providing they meet the criteria.

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The Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR)

This is for Childcare Providers caring for children aged 5 and over. There are two parts to the OCR:

  • a) Compulsory when the provider is caring for one or more children aged between five and seven
  • b) Voluntary for all other childcare providers, including those who look after children in their own home*.

*Ofsted refers to a nanny, or a person who minds children in the children’s own home, as a Home Childcarer, and they are exempt from the compulsory registers. Nannies can register under the voluntary part providing they meet the criteria.

Scotland

In Scotland it is the nanny agencies that are registered with the Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) also known as the Care Inspectorate, (formerly known as the Scottish Care Commission). Parents wishing to use Childcare Vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare must employ a nanny through a registered agency.

For more information please visit the Scottish Care Inspectorate.

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Wales

Wales has the Childcare at Home Approval Scheme on which nannies can register.

 For more information, please visit the Childcare at Home Approval Scheme.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has the Home Childcarer Approval Scheme on which nannies can register.

 For more information, please visit the Home Childcarer Approval Scheme.

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Registering With Ofsted

Have a look at the requirements and costs of Ofsted registration.

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Ofsted FAQs

If you have any more questions, have a look through our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Other Qualifications

See what other qualifications in childcare are available to help further your knowledge and employability.

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