Ofsted Registration for Nannies and Childcare vouchers
Nannies who would like to become registered with Ofsted can join the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR), however Nannies are not required to be registered on the Ofsted Childcare Register. Registration is entirely voluntary.
- The cost of registration is £105
- DBS check £60 (even if nanny has already had a DBS check done, another one must be carried out (unless the previous check was obtained via Ofsted within the last three years).
- Nanny Insurance (public liability insurance) £70 to £90
- A valid paediatric first-aid certificate (valid for 3 years) £80 -£120
- Nanny needs to confirm that she has the Common Core skills and knowledge in childcare and is therefore considered suitable to work with children (Level 3 OCN Common Core Skills)
- In order to continue being registered, a nanny will need to renew their registration annually.
- On successful registration, the nanny is given a unique reference number by Ofsted.
Parents who employ an Ofsted registered nanny can receive some financial contributions towards their childcare costs. There are two types of financial support available: employer-supported childcare vouchers and working tax credits.
If the parent requests that the nanny is Ofsted registered, and especially if it brings a positive financial benefit to the parents, it is increasingly common that the parents pay either partially or in full for Ofsted registration. If the parent does pay for the registration it is considered a benefit in kind and needs to be declared as such.
To use childcare vouchers. You must:-
- Employ an Ofsted registered nanny
- Be employed
- And your employer must set up/run a childcare voucher scheme.
It is expected that employer-supported childcare vouchers will become an important way for parents to make a substantial saving, as this form of tax relief is available to all parents, regardless of income.
The self-employed are not able to benefit from childcare vouchers at present, but if you are a Director of a company you can, providing you make them available to all your staff as well.
The Childcare vouchers are just a different way of paying your nanny. Her salary will not change when you start using vouchers, nor will the amount of tax and NI you pay on her behalf. However, you will be able to save money on your own tax and NI payments, in some cases as much as £2,000 per family per year if both parents use vouchers.
Childcare vouchers can only be used to pay for childcare.
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