The application process for nannies (also known as home childcarers), including what you need to do before you apply, fees, and changes once you're registered.
Nannies and au pairs, also known as ‘home childcarers’, look after children of any age in the child’s own home.
As a nanny, you can look after children from 2 different families at the home of one of the families. However, if more than 2 families use the care at the same time, it is classed as childminding and you will need to register as a childminder.
Nannies do not have to register with Ofsted. However, you can choose to register with us voluntarily. This means that parents may be able to get help with childcare costs.
You need to register on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register. It costs £103 to register and you need to pay this fee annually.
You may also want to budget for your DBS check (a one-off fee of £48.10 plus £13 per year if you sign up to the DBS update service), training, and public liability insurance. Find out more about estimated costs.
You will need
- an enhanced check with barred lists from DBS
- a minimum level 2 qualification in childcare or training in the common core skills (pdf)
- a first aid qualification suitable for the ages of the children you will look after
If you live with the family you are a nanny for, you will need to make sure to select ‘yes’ on question x66 of your DBS application to say you are going to be working in a home-based role.
When you start looking after children you’ll need to have public liability insurance.
How to apply
You need to use the Apply to register as a nanny service.
We will carry out checks on you based on the information you give us.
We aim to register nannies within 12 weeks of sending you the URN, but it can take longer in some situations.
If your application is approved you will get a registration certificate and a unique reference number (URN). Ofsted will publish your URN and any inspection reports online.