Child protection is high on their priority at present, following on from cases such as Baby P, and therefore they have to do what they can to ensure nannies on the Register are safeguarding their charges.
Nannies need to keep up to date on their knowledge of child protection and should know how they should report any concerns about the child in their care.
Ofsted will suggest changes if they feel safety measures are not being met within the home, e.g. stair gates, fire guards, fire escape routes etc.
But their main priority when inspecting is to find out how the nanny would fix these issues and how he/she would discuss this with her employers and what measures can be taken to ensure the home is a safe, child friendly environment.
My final thoughts and advice on this inspection process is to firstly be yourself.
Secondly, have all your paper work ready and well presented.
Make sure that you are up to date on your child protection procedures, and remember they are there to inspect the childcarer and not the employers or their family home. If you do get the phone call to say you are due to be inspected, don't panic!
Call Tinies for advice and remember you are a professional nanny who loves to care for children. If you do all these things, you will pass with flying colours.
Katy Hayden, Professional Nanny of the Year 2009-2010