Becoming Ofsted registered
Nannies who would like to become registered with Ofsted can join the voluntary part of the childcare register as long as they meet the criteria. The cost of registration is £103 (including the cost of the CRB check which the government is currently subsiding in full). An annual fee of £103 is payable to Ofsted to renew registration.

Parents who employ an Ofsted registered nanny can receive some financial contributions towards childcare costs. There are 2 types of financial support available-

  • Employer supported childcare vouchers

  • Working tax credits


  • Public Liability Insurance, on average this costs an annual fee of £70 for £3,000,000 cover or £90 for £5,000,000 cover
  • Valid paediatric first aid certificate-approx £120
  • Nanny needs to confirm that she has common core skills and knowledge in childcare and that they are suitable to work with children. For more information on common core skills please refer to the Ofsted website or call 0300 123 1231
  • An enhanced CRB/DBS check

There is often the question asked “who should be expected to cover the cost?”

As registration is currently voluntary, as a nanny you don’t have to be registered, therefore the scheme benefits the parents more than nannies. However a nanny who is Ofsted registered is deemed more likely to be employable to a family. You should expect to cover the costs for first aid, CRB and insurance but this will be down to you to negotiate with the family.
The process can take up to 12 weeks for approval so we recommend that if the nanny would like to become Ofsted registered that they start the process after their interview with us.