The process of registering as a childminder or a nanny with Ofsted is not a complex one. Find out how to register online, how much registration costs, and how long the process takes to complete.
You must register with Ofsted to become a childminder (look after children in your own home). To complete childminder registration, you need:
Extra requirements apply if the applicant lived abroad in the last five (5) years (or any of the adults living in the home). If so, you will need to get 'Certificates of Good Character' issued by the relevant embassy.
In most cases, the cost of Ofsted annual registration as a childminder is £35. But, there will be additional costs to take into consideration (e.g. ICO data protection fee).
Filling in the online application form should take around 30 minutes to complete. Following that, it can take up to twelve (12) weeks to process an application.
Note: There is a difference between a childminder and a nanny. As a rule, childminders work in their own home. Whereas, nannies usually work in the home of the children they look after (e.g. for one family).
As a nanny or an au pair, you can get registered with Ofsted to look after children while they are in the home of their family.
Ofsted allow registered nannies to look after children from one or two families together (at the same time). But, you would need childminder registration to look after children from more than two families at the same time.
To register as a nanny with Ofsted you are going to need:
Note: You would need 'certificates of good conduct' from any relevant embassies if you lived outside the United Kingdom in the last five years (use the link above).
In most cases, the cost of Ofsted annual registration as a nanny is £103. But, there may be extra charges to take into consideration (e.g. criminal record check update service).
Applying as a nanny through Ofsted Online should take around 15 minutes to complete. Following that, it can take up to twelve (12) weeks to process an application.
After Applying | Ofsted will conduct background checks, validate your references, and email your 'URN'.
After Registering | Review all the registration standards you must meet while working as a childminder.
How to Register as a Childminder or Nanny in United Kingdom