Becoming a home childcarer
- What is a home childcarer?
A home childcarer is someone aged 18 or over who cares for children from birth to 17 years of up to two families at any one time, wholly or mainly at the home of one of the children. This includes nannies. A home childcarer can be self-employed or employed by one or more family. Home childcarers do not have to register with Ofsted but may choose to register on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register in order to:
- reassure parents that they are checked, insured and have had minimum training
- enable eligible parents to claim the Childcare Element of Working Families’ Tax Credit.
- How do I apply to go on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register
Applications can be made:
- online by following links from the Ofsted website
- over the phone to a member of staff in the Ofsted National Business Unit on: 0845 6404 0404
- by requesting a paper application over the phone or by post from Ofsted NBU, Royal Exchange Building, St Ann’s Square, Manchester, M2 7LA.
- What are the requirements for registration? Home childcarers on the Childcare Register must meet the requirements for registration set out by Ofsted in the Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook. These include:
- a first aid qualification appropriate to the ages of the children being cared for which should be renewed every three years
- a qualification at a minimum level 2 in an area of work relevant to childcare, or training in the core skills as set out by Ofsted
- Disclosure and Barring (DBS) check
- insurance for liability which may be incurred for death, injury, public liability, damage or other loss.
If you are interested in becoming a home childcarer or you have any queries please contact us:
Phone: 01392 383000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Further information