OFSTED

Website: www.ofsted.gov.uk Email: enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk Tel - 0300 123 3152 OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. OFSTED works. 

Under the Childcare Act 2006.

In order to register with Ofsted the childcarer (nanny) will need Nanny Insurance, Qualification (minimum of 2 years) or Common Core of skills and knowledge course to qualify (contact Ofsted or local authorities for further details) and the payment of £103.

Ofsted report directly to parliament, they are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages providing safeguarding and the protection of children.

Childcare Register.
A register of providers who are registered by Ofsted to care for children from birth to 17 years. There are two parts of the register, (1) the compulsory part and (2) the voluntary part.
 
 (1) Compulsory
Providers must register on this part if they care for one or more children following their 5th birthday until they reach their 8th birthday.

(2) Voluntary.
Providers who are eligible for compulsory registration may choose to register on this part. These are mainly people looking after children aged 8+ or providing care in the child's home (usually nannies) Ofsted responsibilities also include regulating and inspecting childcare and early education.

Home childcarers.
A person aged 18 or over who cares for the children aged from birth to 17 years of no more than two families at any one time wholly or mainly at the home of one of the children. This includes nannies.
 
Checks
Ofsted carries out checks with Disclosure and Barring Services and local authority, children's services
departments before making a decisions on whether to grant registration. They do not usually interview the applicants to assess their suitability or visit the premises where they intend to provide care before they grant registration. They monitor registered providers through inspections carried out on a random basis or when the parents have a concern and contacts Ofsted. Parents who use registered childcarers may be eligible to claim the childcare elements of working families' tax credits. Registered providers have overall responsibility for provision of childcare and are legally responsible for ensuring compliance with the requirements of the childcare register.
 
Before you can register.

You make a declaration that you meet, or will meet when starting to care for children, all the requirements of the childcare register.

You and all those connected with the application to register must give consent for us to carry out checks to see if everyone is suitable to work or be regular contact with children.

You must have a current 1st Aid Certificate and have completed a common core skills and knowledge course or qualification.

You must have a current nanny insurance policy.

For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/register-childminder-childcare-provider