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The most commonly asked questions from nanny employers, nannies and nanny agencies:

Is Ofsted Registration compulsory for nannies?

Nannies are not required to be registered on the Ofsted Childcare Register. Registration is entirely voluntary.

However, to be able to claim the childcare element of working tax credits or employer supported Childcare Vouchers, parents must employ nannies who are registered.

Read more here about the Ofsted Registation

How long does the voluntary OCR registration process take?

The length of time it takes to become registered depends primarily on how long it takes for the DBS check to be completed.

On average Ofsted aim to complete applications within 12 weeks.

It is recommended that nannies allow plenty of time when renewing.

How much does it cost for a nanny to be registered?

Registration costs £105, this does not include the cost of the DBS check. The annual cost of renewal is £105.

Read more here about Registration Costs

Who should be expected to cover the cost?

The parents benefit financially and as a result they often end up covering the cost. However, it could be argued that nannies may be perceived as more employable, and so in the future may be expected to foot the bill.

Be aware that if the parents do pay for the registration it is considered a Benefit in Kind and should be declared as such.

Can Childcare Vouchers be applied retrospectively?

No they can only be used once nanny has been issued with her unique reference number by Ofsted.