Ofsted Registration & Nanny Qualifications

Nannies are not required to hold any childcare qualifications, however nannies can register with the Ofsted Childcare Register

The Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements introduced in September 2008 have set minimum standards for training and qualifications as a pre-condition for Ofsted registration, namely that:

  • Childminders must have attended a childcare training course within six months of registration and must hold a current paediatric first aid certificate at the point of registration.
  • In registered settings other than childminding settings, all supervisors and managers must hold a full and relevant level 3 qualification (as defined by Ofsted) and half of all other staff must hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification.

 February 2020 - Ofsted is updating its online registration system to make the process easier for early years providers. Learn more by clicking here.

From 5th February 2020 Nannies were no longer able to use the application forms on Ofsted Online . Nannies will be able to access the replacement forms, along with guidance, on GOV.UK

If you have any questions about these arrangements please email Ofsted at [email protected]. Ofsted has also created a number of videos to demonstrate what its new site can do.

Nannies and childcare qualifications

Course: Caring for Children in their Own Home


LASER on line e-learning system. (Learners are afforded the flexibility to work at a time and a place that suits them and at a pace that they control. The course content meets all the criteria required by Ofsted as stated in the Common Inspection Framework for Further Education and Skills).


Learners can complete the certificate by working on line for 12-15 hours and have up to 3 months to complete the course.


This qualification is designed to help Nannies build the knowledge and skills needed when working with children and young people from birth to 19 years within the home. The course covers the 6 key areas of the Common Core Skills and Knowledge for the children's workforce.

On completion of the course you'll:

  • Know and understand patterns of children's development from birth to 19 years.
  • The importance of communication with children and their parents/carers.
  • How to manage children's behaviour.
  • How to safeguard children.
  • How to support children through transitions.
  • How to work with others when caring for children in their own home.

Common Core Skills

  • Effective communication and engagement.
  • Child and young person development.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child.
  • Supporting transitions.
  • Multi-agency working.
  • Sharing information.


The course is assessed by completion of an online multi-choice question paper. An 80% score is required to be able to print off your certificate (the test can be retaken if necessary until that result is achieved). Food Safety and Health and Safety are free modules and are optional units which, when completed, you can print off certificates of completion.

Ofsted registration for nannies

Nannies at present are not required by law to hold any childcare qualifications. However, if they wish to become part of the Voluntary Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR), they have the same requirements as a childminder. The only difference being is that they are caring for the child/ren in their own family home.

Voluntary Ofsted Childcare Register requirements

Tinies recommend that as the employer gets the tax benefit that the employer pays all or part of the costs towards a Nanny becoming registered.

The estimated costs:

  • Application fee: £103. This is also the annual fee.
  • DBS check: if you don't already have an Enhanced DBS check from Ofsted/Capita in the last three years, you will have to apply for another one. The cost is between £52-£60 depending on what method you want to choose to apply.
  • Public Liability Insurance: ranges between £70 - £90.
  • Paediatric First Aid: approx £120 (unless the nanny already holds a valid certificate in the last three years).
  • Caring for Children in their Own Home: £135 (including VAT).


Childcare training is a government priority. You may find your local Early Years Development Partnership has money available to fund your course.

Read more information on registering your nanny with Ofsted.

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The one day EYFS course was inspiring, many thanks Tinies Training. I really enjoyed it and learned so much. I look forward to going back to work now.
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