Becoming an Ofsted Registered Nanny
In order to become an Ofsted registered nanny candidates are required to register on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register (VOCR). Nannies are required to undertake a course that addresses the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge as well as an Ofsted compliant Paediatric First Aid course. This page outlines how to become an ‘Ofsted Registered Nanny’.
Once steps 1 – 4 have been completed, childcarers will be required to complete the Ofsted CR1 application. At the bottom of the page you will find a guide on how to set up the government gateway account and complete the Ofsted registration form.
Step 1: Complete a DBS Check
In order to become Ofsted registered nannies (and other home based childcarers) are required to complete a DBS check (formerly CRB checks). These checks are geared towards preventing unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups such as children. Nannies are now required to complete the DBS update service before completing the Ofsted application.
The DBS check can be completed through Babyem. We handle the process from start to finish, removing the hassle of handling any of the paperwork. Checks usually come back in 3-4 weeks and as soon as we receive clearance we contact you by phone and email. You will need to book a time to meet with a Babyem advisor (times can be booked online). Scheduled appointments take place on the same weekend as courses in central London. Weekday appointments can be arranged and take place at our office in East London, to organise a weekday appointment, please contact us directly on: 020 8986 9008.
To become an Ofsted registered nanny, you will need to complete a DBS Check and provide the following identification:
Photo ID (Passport/Biometric Residence permit/Driving License)
Proof of Address (Utility Bills/Bank Statement)
Cost: DBS Checks cost £75pp incl VAT
Courses required to become an Ofsted registered Nanny:
Step 2: Common Core Skills and Knowledge Training
To become Ofsted registered, nannies are required to complete a course that covers the Common Core Skills (or hold a level 2 childcare qualification). Babyem has created a unique course specifically for Nannies that covers the 6 common core skills (Communicating with children and young people, child development, safeguarding children, supporting transitions, multi-agency team working and information sharing).
The Babyem Common Core Skills is accredited at level 3 through Open College Network, providing nannies registering with Ofsted with an official childcare qualification often required by agencies and childcare settings.
The Common Core Skills & Knowledge Training is delivered in London and candidates can also opt to complete the distance learning version in the comfort of their own home. For more information about the course, please click HERE.
Cost: Course costs £120 and certificate of attendance is provided on the day. Candidates can choose to pay the additional £40 to complete the OCN London qualification.
Courses are a minimum of 7 hours to ensure Ofsted guidelines are met.
Distance Learning Course
Costs: This course costs £120 and includes the OCN London accreditation fee.
Step 3: Ofsted compliant 12 hr Paediatric First Aid
In order to become an Ofsted registered nanny candidates are required to complete a Paediatric First Course that covers all the necessary requirements for registration on the Ofsted voluntary childcare register.
Babyem provides a 12 hour blended learning Ofsted compliant Paediatric First Aid course (e-learning test + 6 hr practical) suitable for childcarers registering on both parts of the Ofsted childcare register. The Paediatric First Aid Course takes place on Sundays on a fortnightly basis in Central London.
Paediatric First Aid Course Structure:
Stage 1: E-Learning (6 hours)
The 6-hour E-learning course, to be completed before classroom session, will provide the foundational knowledge and skills for Paediatric first aid. Candidates have one month to complete the assessment.
Stage 2: Classroom Learning (6 hours)
Our specialist trainers guide learners through the following life-saving techniques, practical exercises and theory that was presented in the E-learning module.
Step 4: Public Liability Insurance
Public liability Insurance (PLI) helps to protect professional nannies should anything happen to the children whilst they are in their care. It also protects the relationship between you and your employer. It is a pre-requisite of registration on Voluntary Ofsted Registration and is required by most nanny agencies.
Babyem works in partnership with Nanny Insure, who provide a comprehensive insurance policy especially designed for Nannies. When booking the Common Core Skills & Knowledge training or Paediatric First Aid through Babyem, candidates receive one month free when booking their Public Liability Insurance through Nanny Insure.
Step 5: How to complete the Ofsted CR1 application form?
Babyem has created an unofficial step-by-step guide on how to complete the CR1 registration form as a nanny registering on the voluntary part of the childcare register. See below to view the video:
Video outlining the key steps on how to register with Ofsted
Video on how to complete the Ofsted CR1 Application Form
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to register with Ofsted on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register?
Approximately 12 weeks
Do I have to complete the CR1 form online?
Ofsted now require all applications to be completed online.
Do I need to be working with a family already to register with Ofsted?
Do I need to notify Ofsted if I change employer?
Yes, please update Ofsted with any changes i.e. change of employer and addresses.
I am doing a Nanny Share, can I add multiple addresses?
Yes, the CR1 application allows you to add more than one address
Do Ofsted cover the cost of the DBS check?
No, Ofsted used to cover the cost of police checks, however candidates are now required to cover the cost.