Register as a nanny: quick guide

How to become an Ofsted registered nanny (also known as a home childcarer), what you need to do and what it costs.

You don’t have to register with Ofsted as a nanny, but there are some advantages. For instance, registration means parents may be able to get help paying for childcare.

Before you register

In no particular order, you will need to do the following:

  1. Get a criminal records check enhanced DBS check. Ofsted also recommends signing up to the DBS update service which keeps your details up to date. You will get a certificate in the post.

  2. You’ll need to have a first aid qualification appropriate for the ages of the children you care for - ask your local council or look online for courses in your area.

  3. Find out if you need any training. You do not have to do a particular course, but you will need a minimum level 2 qualification in childcare or training in the common core skills.

For more information, contact your local council for support. Professional childcare organisations can also help.

Costs for registering as a nanny

Joining the Childcare Register costs £103.

The enhanced DBS check for criminal records costs £52.50.

You may also want to budget for public liability insurance and any training courses that you might need, for example first aid or childcare qualifications.

Apply to the Childcare Register

You need to register on Ofsted Online.

Once you’ve logged in, register as ‘home childcare’ on the voluntary section of the Childcare Register.

You will receive a reference number, or URN, by post.

What happens after you apply

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. Ofsted will publish details about your registration online if you give your permission.

Telling Ofsted about changes that affect your childcare

By law, you must keep your details up to date and report any changes within 14 days.

Use Ofsted Online to report changes to:

  • where you are working
  • your contact details

If you have any questions about registration, contact us.


Phone: 0300 123 1231 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm)

Or write to:

Ofsted Team Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
M1 2WD

Published 23 February 2018