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 they should have the same requirements as a childminder and have Common Core Competencies.

In order to register on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register and/or to comply with Ofsted requirements child-carers are required to undertake Common Core of Skills and Knowledge Training. Ofsted offer this training for prospective training on a monthly basis in the UK. Click here for course information and dates.

The Children’s Workforce and Development Council agreed a Common Core of basic skills and knowledge that everyone working with children and young people is expected to have. They are:

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

Ofsted Childcare Register Requirements make training in these core skills necessary for registering on the voluntary part of the childcare register. Unlike Childminders, nannies do not have to register with Ofsted but can choose to go on the voluntary part of the Ofsted childcare register.

Registration with Ofsted (Compulsory or Voluntary) then allows eligibility to claim childcare vouchers, working tax credit or tax free childcare to help with childcare costs.

A nanny is a person who is employed to care for a child in the employers own home, this is a private employment arrangement.


  • Is employed by one or more families to care for their child/ren;
  • Cares for children in the child’s house;
  • Does not necessarily have any formal qualifications. However,
  • Should have an up-to-date paediatric First Aid qualification (within the last 3 years);
  • Should have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding procedures;
  • May be registered with Ofsted but registration on the Voluntary Childcare Register but this is not a requirement. If a nanny is registered with Ofsted parents can claim Tax Credits - if eligible
  • Does not have any statutory limits on the amount of children for whom s/he can care;
  • Should have public liability linsurance;
  • Should have a CRB (now known as DBS) check before being left on their own with children;
  • May offer extra services such as light housework and babysitting duties as well as providing day care;
  • Should provide information about the types of activities children will do while with them;
  • Should be able to provide references to show they have worked with and have experience of caring for young children and babies;
  • Might go on holiday with the family to provide care for the children;
  • Will expect holiday pay and other benefits as part of their contract.

To find out more, get in touch with Jill Shaw, Childcare Coordinator

Tel        +357 9961 8672