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Becoming a nanny

Education in Waltham Forest

Nannies are childcare professionals who work at the home of one family at a time, and are employed by a parent rather than being self-employed. Nannies often have sole charge of a family's children, and can also work for two families at once as part of a nanny-share arrangement.

Nannies do not have to be registered with Ofsted, but many parents prefer an Ofsted-registered nanny in order to claim financial assistance with their childcare costs, for example, vouchers and the childcare element of Working Tax Credits. It also means their nanny is regulated and can be inspected (around 10% of nannies are inspected each year).

In order to become an Ofsted-registered nanny, you will need to have a Paediatric First Aid qualification, an enhanced DBS check that is signed up to the Update Service and, if you do not have a childcare qualification, completed a one-day Common Core Skills course, which is offered by various providers, including the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

Download Ofsted's quick guide on how to register as a nanny

The Local Authority does not regulate or monitor nannies.

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Last updated: 27 March 2018 by Barry Fong