Keep It Safe and Log It

Have you or the children in your care received a new bike, Nintendo 3DS, iPad, Amazon Kindle Fire, android tablet, mobile phone, Leappad, games console or indeed anything which can be uniquely identified?  In the UK and the United States the police forces have a nationwide database where you can log details of your property. Should it be stolen and subsequently found it can be returned to you.

Immobilise is a national database which is Free for the public to add details of their items.  It links with the National Mobile Property Register that police forces use to identify stolen goods and reunite them to their proper owners.

As a direct result of Immobilise there are over 250 cases a week where property is returned or information collected that assists the Police in investigating criminal activity involving stolen goods.

A child in your care may have received an MP3 player/iPod for Christmas, or perhaps a tablet computer.  These items are portable and expensive so should be protected from being lost.  Children will lose things.  With luck they will not have them stolen but it does happen.  They take something to school and someone else fancies it and takes it.  Cars and homes are broken into, opportunist thieves spot unattended items.

Whilst we can try to teach children not to leave valuable items laying around, theft does happen.   Sometimes the item will never be found but other times the item is sold on, or found in a search of a suspects home.  So logging unique identifiers of the item with Immobilise may result in the item being returned should it be stolen.

Immobilise – The UK National Property Register

Immobilize – The US National Property Register


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Nanny Wages Survey 2013

For more than 10 years, NannyTax and NurseryWorld Magazine have been conducting an annual survey of UK nanny wages.

As a nanny you may have completed this survey for many years, or this may be your first time.    The survey asks questions about where you are working (demographic data), a little about yourself such as asking which age range you fit in and your gender, plus how many hours a week you work.   Then the key information, how much you are paid per week.  Not sure why monthly salary is not asked, I would have thought that would have been better but maybe they feel that more people know their weekly salary.

In 1998, a daily nanny (live out) working in the home counties (so I expect that means Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hartfordshire, Essex, Kent, Sussex) was getting an average of £213 net per week (gross figure unknown).

By 2012 that figure had risen to £428 net per week (just under £29,000 gross per year).  So over the years salary has doubled but over that time a lot of things have been affected by inflation.  So perhaps looking back just a few years is better, in which case 2011 £421, 2010 £422, 2009 £380.   So generally going up but with a dip in 2010.

Will 2013 be another dip or are nanny wages on the rise?   You can help find out by completing the survey, saying what salary you are currently earning.    Survey results are expected to be published late January / Early February 2014 on the NannyTax website and also in publications like Nursery World.

Take the 2013 UK Nanny Wages Survey

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MrAnchovy’s PAYE Calculator – Alternatives

UPDATE 14/Nov/13 – MrAnchovy’s PAYE Calculator is back online.

Over the past couple of years MrAnchovy’s PAYE Calculator has been a useful tool for nannies and parents to use as it did a reverse tax calculation – that is, it did Net to Gross.

It came to my attention this week that MrAnchovy’s PAYE Calculator has gone offline.  This means that nannies and parents are looking for an alternative, of which there are many, though none in my view are quite as easy to use.

Having looked at a few, I would suggest the use of the following:

iPhone App – Tax Tool 2013   This will do a Net to Gross calculation.  It does not do Employers NI, so this app is useful to find the likely gross amount for a given Net pay.

UK Tax Calculators Reverse PAYE  This is a website which will do a Net to Gross calculation.  It only has the option of entering in the monthly Net amount.

Listen to Taxman  This PAYE calculator has been around for many years and does a Gross to Net calculation, including calculating Employers NI.

As with all tax calculators the more information you give the better the result.   If you do not know your taxcode, look on your latest payslip.  If you don’t have that, then in 2013/14 tax year (April 2013 to end of March 2014) use 944L if it will be your only job.  If it will be your secondary job, use tax code BR.

Keep in mind that the nature of PAYE is such that these calculators will not be precise, so they must not be used for doing the actual payroll.  They are a good indicator of the likely figures and thus are useful in agreeing a Gross salary figure.

In April 2014 personal tax allowance goes up, so nannies on a Gross salary will see a small increase in their take home pay.  Cost to employer should stay the same though it will depend on if there is any change to Employers National Insurance.


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Renewing Your Ofsted Registration

UPDATE:  June 2015 – New Guide for Nanny Ofsted Registration – click here

Nannies who are registered with Ofsted as a Home Childcarer will be sent a renewal invoice by Ofsted around 4 weeks before renewal date.   This year my renewal invoice arrived on 16th August, with registration due to be renewed by 12th September.

There are various ways to renew your Ofsted nanny registration:

  • Online
  • Over the phone
  • By internet banking (BACS)
  • Cheque in the post

Of these I find the easiest is online payment.   You can access the Ofsted portal via

Your invoice contains an invoice number which is used by the online payments system.  It also has a security token.  You need to enter both those into the online payments system and it will then take you through the payments process, where you can pay using debit or credit card (MasterCard, Visa, Maestro).

Once you get to the final page, use the Save As PDF facility of your webbrowser (such as Google Chrome), or use the print facility, to keep a copy of evidence of the transaction as the Childcare Voucher company may need evidence that your Ofsted Registration has been paid.

If you no longer wish to remain registered you MUST call Ofsted and notify them – 0300 1231231


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Ofsted Nanny Registration – CRB checks now DBS checks

UPDATE:  June 2015 – New Guide for Nanny Ofsted Registration – click here

Earlier this month, Ofsted updated their Guide to Registration on the Childcare Register document.

60. All Ofsted’s Disclosure and Barring Service checks are processed by Capita. Once an applicant submits an application to Ofsted they are directed to the Capita website: In order to apply for a check the applicant must have the Capita Organisation Reference Number. This is:
“OfSTEDP” – for those applying for or linked to a new EY application for registration. This includes everyone that makes up the registered person; the nominated person and manager of a child care setting; any staff or persons caring for children; and any household members of those aged 16 years and over who are connected to a childminding application.
“OfSTEDA” – for those applying to be associated to a provision that is already registered. This includes changes to any of the above.

61. The Capita website provides guidance on how to apply for a check including information about the online subscription service and checking ID by a ‘responsible person’ or at the post office. The childcare applicant and any individual that is required to have a criminal records check will receive their hard copy disclosure in the post.

So if you are registering with Ofsted, rather than renewing an existing registration, I think the online registration process will now direct you to the Capita website for processing the DBS check.    (If you are going through this process, please do let me know if the online application does take you automatically to the Capita website.)

You need to get your ID checked, Capita have an information sheet about that – Identity Checking Form (pdf)   The person checking your ID must have known you for at least 12 months and not be relative, plus they must be working in (or retired from) a profession in the list.

Capita says that if you do not know someone on the list, then you can have your ID checked by the PostOffice for an additional fee (currently £7.15)

Fees in general are currently:
£44 for the DBS check, £6.80 (capita e-bulk processing fee), £1.30 ID Check processing fee.  So without the PostOffice charge, its £52.10

There is also a £13 per year Update Service fee.  This means that your DBS check will go on a database system which employers can access.  This could prove to be very useful, especially if you change job quite regularly such as doing temp work.

For more information, read the Ofsted/Capita DBS Checks FAQ.

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UK Nanny Forums – Meet Other Nannies On-line

Being a nanny can be an isolating job so it can help to be able to chat to other nannies.    Nanny forums can be a good place to start as you can get to know other nannies on-line and you may get to meet some if they are local.

Some forums are targeted specifically for nannies where as other forums are used by a variety of childcare providers such as childminders, nannies and au-pairs. Forums are a great place to learn from others about latest changes to things that affect working as a nanny. For example, some of the forums can be great for learning about employment rights and keeping updated about changes to UK taxation.

When joining a new community, sit back and observe for a while. This is called Being a Lurker. Read the messages and get to know how to navigate the forum, how to write messages so that they are readable. Do not SHOUT BY WRITING ALL IN CAPITALS and remember to use paragraphs to help make things more readable.

Some forums have a special introduce yourself section but personally I avoid doing that, instead just start by adding a comment to an existing message thread. Make sure it is a current thread though, don’t dig up a message thread from a week or more ago.

You will soon have the confidence to start your own message thread on the forum, asking your own question. Do not be concerned if you do not get many replies, it is not a Get The Most Replies competition. Do not worry about thread views (some forums show how many times the thread has been read) as people like to read but don’t always have anything useful to add.

UK Nanny Forums:

NannyJob Messageboard

Netmums Childcare Providers Chat

Mumsnet Childminders, Nannies, Au Pairs etc

Do you know of any others?

Are you in another country, if so do you know of any nanny related forums?

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London Treasure Hunt – Days Out for Children

Two mums, Francesca and Margie have spent many hours showing their children the sights and hidden treasures of the city in which they live, London. Together with illustrator Sam, they have produced guide books aimed at children to help parents and carers keep children occupied during the school holidays.

Clear text makes these guides easy for children and adults to read.

Clear text makes these guides easy for children to read.

If you care for toddlers, then these guide books can be used any day, perhaps just incorporating a small part of the treasure trail, perhaps including a bus ride.

Many of the places visited during the treasure hunt (guide books can be dull, but making it a treasure hunt makes it fun) are free to visit. For the cost of a travelcard, you could take the children in your care on a trip around parts of London finding things that may interest them, such as Baby Tempo, an elephant who is the tour guide in first guide book – The London Treasure Trail.

Guide book for children - Day out in London

Click to see a sample page

The guide helps you find great picnic spots, free to use toilets, plus learn about historic places and people. Knowing where toilets are is very handy when you are visiting places with children.

The text in the guides is a great size for older children to read, so they can be the tour guide. Start to finish each book covers a walking distance of around 3 miles and can be done in 5 hours at a leisurely pace with frequent breaks. The London Treasure Trail includes two bus trips.  Down by the Thames is a walk from Tower Hill underground station to Charing Cross.  The London Lion Hunt is a walk from Westminster underground station to Leicester Square.  Each guide book is a 32 page A5 sized booklet which is a good size for carrying, and contains full colour illustrations and simple maps.

The guide books can be brought direct from the publisher for £5 each, plus postage via their website.

Have you taken any of the children you nanny on a day out around part of London?   What are your tips for making it a great day?

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UK Budget 2013 – Does the new employment allowance apply to employing a nanny?

In the Budget there was an announcement about Employers NI relief – article from Telegraph.

One question parents who employ a nanny are asking is, will that deduction in Employer NI apply to them.

To be honest, I have no idea.  I do not think that anyone really knows yet as the fine details have not been published, if indeed the Government has looked at the fine details yet.

It is a relief for businesses.  Parents employing a nanny are not running a business, they are a small employer.  It is a difference.  A business is taxed on it’s profits.  An employer of a nanny just pays Employers NI and deducts Income Tax and Employee NI from their employee.

I suspect it will depend on how the Government words things… will it apply to all employers, or just businesses and charities?    We will have to wait for the fine details to be ironed out before we know if this Employer NI rebate will apply to all employers, or just some.


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Cost of a Full Time Nanny (50 hours) from April 2013

Q.  How Much Does A 5 Day Per Week Nanny Cost?  

A.  Outside of a major city, I feel cost would typically be as follows:

Working Hours: 8am-6pm

Nannies Gross Salary:  £10 Gross per hour
If you are city based, then you could easily be adding another 20%, especially if in London.

This I feel is a reasonable amount to assume for the nannies salary during 2013.  The actual salary may well vary between applicants and on the level of experience you wish someone to have.  Market forces have an affect and at the moment there are a lot of people looking for jobs, thus the salary level I am suggesting is a little lower than it was last year.  Decide how much YOU feel you are able to pay the nanny. If you are not in a position to offer £10 Gross per hour then you can advertise at a lower rate and see who applies.  You must comply with National Minimum Wage legislation… in the UK, National Minimum Wage for someone aged 21+ is currently £6.19 per hour.

If it is the nannies first job, such as moving on from working in a nursery or having left college, then you may find they will accept a lower salary.   This is I feel in part due to the nurseries not paying staff that well (typically in my area a full-time nursery nurse is paid around £14,000 per year for a 40 hour week).  So you may find they would accept around £7 gross per hour initially, then expect more as they gain experience of working sole charge.

The Calculations for a nanny, 5 Days a Week:

Nannies Salary: £10 Gross per hour

Number of hours per week: 50

Nannies Salary per Week: £500 Gross – £26,071 Gross per Year

Employers National Insurance: £ 2535   2013/14 tax year   (calculation by MrAnchovy’s PAYE Calculator )

Nanny Payroll:  You can do this yourself or you can get a lot of a assistance from a Nanny Payroll Company such as PAYEforNannies who my employer has been successfully using for many years now.   The cost of having a payroll company is around £115 a year.  The payroll company will produce payslips and tell you when and how much to transfer to HMRC in terms of the deductions (Employee Tax, Employee NI) as well as your Employers NI.

Weekly Expenses Kitty (for activities/outings):  £5 per day, you may find the cost increases during school holidays.  The more children you have the higher the activity cost may need to be – perhaps consider £2.50 per day, per child.   Based on a 48 week working year, nanny working 5 days per week, £5 x 48 weeks x 5 days= £1200 total.

Nannies Travelling Costs Whilst On Duty:   If your nanny uses their own car, then employers would usually reimburse the cost at £0.45 per mile (this is known as the Approved Mileage Rate).  Employers can negotiate with their employee to pay less than this, though you should take into account your nannies costs of providing a car, car seats,  suitable motor insurance to include transporting children for whom they care (this can be arranged through Morton Michel and other insurance brokers)

How many miles your nanny would do will vary.   Consider the usual mileage they would do to take children to school and back, to get to toddler group, other outings.    I would say that I do an average of 3000 miles a year (nannying 4 days per week in a semi-rural location).    Start recording the mileage you do in your car during the week, you may be quite surprised how quickly the mileage adds up even if you are just going to the local shops, library, playground, woods, PYO farm etc.

For a 5 day per week nanny I suggest factoring in at least 120 miles a week… so  £54 per week, £2592 per year (48 weeks).

While your nanny is on duty, you give them food and drink. Nannies don’t really get a lunch hour, can’t leave your children home alone. So food is seen as a sort of perk in compensation for working without a break. How much does that add to your weekly food budget… I’m not sure. Nanny will eat with the children, so eat the same thing. If nanny wants something different, I feel nanny should be buying that themselves. So increase in food bill, extra £3 a day maybe? Heating/Light will also be used more as nanny is around during some of the day, so another few pounds. If comparing with a childminder/nursery, lights wouldn’t be on at your home, heating may also be set low.  If comparing with you staying at home, then there won’t really be much of a difference at all.    There is also some additional wear and tear on the property.  Shall we lump all these types of cost together… say £8 per working day. Suppose you could include cost of Employers Insurance in that (it is usually part of your home contents cover, check your policy).  So 5 days x £8 = £40.  48 weeks x £40 = £1920

Total Cost of Employing a Nanny For Five Days Per Week

£26,071  gross salary,  Employers NI £2535,  Nanny Payroll £115,  Activity Kitty £1200,  Mileage £2592,  Food/Drink/Heat/Light/Misc. £1920

Grand Total: £34,433

The total cost of employing a nanny for 5 days a week will vary depending on your situation.  I hope the calculations above help you consider many of the costs involved.

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Unofficial Guide to Nanny Ofsted Registration 2013

UPDATE:  June 2015 – New Guide for Nanny Ofsted Registration – click here

This is an Unofficial guide for nannies registering on the Ofsted childcare register, written by myself based on things I have found out over the years of being registered as a Home Childcarer (Nanny) on the Childcare Register.    This was last updated on: 12-Jan-2013

Ofsted have an official guide on their website.

In England, nannies can optionally register with Ofsted so that parents are able to use Childcare Vouchers or Tax Credits as a payment method.   I recommend that you apply Online, as the paper based form is 47 pages long!

Online Application: Use Ofsted Online.  You will need a Government Gateway ID, if you do not have one then you can create that by following the instructions on the Ofsted website.

Manual Application: (Print all 47 pages)
Download CR1 which can be found at Ofsted | Application Forms For The Childcare Register and print it out in Black on good quality White paper. The forms will be scanned by Ofsted, so the ink needs to be Black and the paper needs to withstand being posted and put through a scanner. 80gsm or higher paper weight should be fine.
Use a BLACK ball point pen to complete the form. DO NOT use any other colour, it must be BLACK.
You must print all 47 pages and return all the pages in the correct order to Ofsted.
It is therefore suggested that you complete the application using the Online System if you are able to do so.

The Application Form

Looking at Form CR1 (for this I am using the manual form.  The online version will be similar, though there could be some changes – if you notice any changes, do please send me an e-mail so I can update this guide)

So starting to complete the Application Form, you would select:

A1 – Home Childcarer
A2 – Voluntary
A3 – Give details as appropriate.

Complete all of Section B, excluding B13.

In B1:

If you have worked in a nursery, pre-school or other childcare setting which Ofsted regulates, then you may already be known about by Ofsted, so tick Yes to that question.

If form CR2 enclosed?  Tick NO.  A CR2 form is used to notify Ofsted about staff members/assistants, as a nanny you are registering in your own right thus need to complete the CR1 (the form you are completing) and no additional forms.

You are an Individual.

Leave the rest of B1 blank and continue to B2 onwards where you give your name and address details.   Remember to include any middle names you have.

B11 If you are live in, then it’s YES. If live out answer No.

B13 Ignore as this is not relevant for nannies.

Ignore Section C, D

E1 – Leave Blank
E2 – Is the address at which you will be nannying. You can enter multiple addresses. You can leave this blank – but must inform Ofsted of the address once you start your job and whenever you change your job or if your employer moves house.
E3 – Private Individual
E4 – Yes,
E5 – Yes,
E6 – No,
E7 – No,
E8 ignore
E9 – No
E10 Weekday All Day or including Weekends depending on your working situation.
E11 – All Year Round (unless it’s a term time only, or holiday only job in which case tick the appropriate box).
E12 – tick the appropriate boxes.  If you are not working for a family at this stage, then tick most of the boxes, if not all of them.

Ignore E13 and E14

Complete all of Section F. Ignore Section G
Complete Section H, where it says All Providers, or if it says Home Childcarer
Complete sections I and J.

For Section H, the following may be of help

Nannies must ensure that children are kept safe from harm.
Requirement Ref: CR1.1

This means that you need to remember that you are responsible for the children’s safety at all times while you are working.
Nannies must ensure that they have an appropriate first aid qualification.
Requirement Ref: CR1.2

This means that you must have had First Aid training. Ofsted does not specify a minimum course length for Home Childcarers, though Childminders have to do a 12-hour course.  Therefore if it’s your first time doing a first aid course, I suggest you do a 12 hour course.  If you have done many course in the past, a refresher course may be sufficient, though do check it covers all the requirements which can be found in Annex A of Ofsted: Guide to Registration. St John Ambulance run a course titled Early Years First Aid which meets Ofsted’s requirements.

Nannies should obtain written permission to give children medication.    Ofsted Factsheet: Giving Medication to Children in Registered Childcare.  Whilst some Home Childcarer’s could be exempt it depends to a large extent on exactly the nature of the work.  Given that many nanny insurers want there to be signed permission, I feel it is best that I advise that you have a permission form for giving the children in your care medication.   If you are in a nannyshare, you should have a  separate permission form for each family.  I have created an example permission form which you can use:  Download Example Permission Form for 2012/13 Academic Year

Nannies must ensure that they do not use corporal punishment.
Requirement Ref: CR1.4

This means that you must not smack, or shake a child in your care.
Nannies must ensure that they are present on the premises at all times when childcare is being provided.
Requirement Ref: CR1.6

This means that you must never leave a child at home alone.
There is now an additional tick box on this, though I am not fully sure as to why there is another box.  I think it is to cover the rare occasion when Ofsted may give prior approval to enable you to leave a child with another suitable person.  This I feel is unlikely to occur when nannying, more likely to be for childminders.

Nannies must not smoke, or consume or be under the influence of drugs (including medication that may have an adverse effect on their ability to provide childcare) or alcohol while providing childcare.
Requirement Ref: CR1.9

This means that if you are a smoker, you must not smoke at any time whilst you are working. Get help to quit smoking. You must also not take any illegal drugs, or consume alcohol. You also need to make sure that if you do consume alcohol during your evening social time, that you are not still under the influence of that alcohol when you start work the following morning. If you are on any prescription or over-the-counter medication, you need to make sure that it does not effect your ability to do your job.

Nannies will supervise children whilst providing care
Requirement Ref: CR1.10

This simply means that you realise that you are responsible for the children whilst they are in your care.

Nannies must ensure they are familiar with issues of child protection and procedures to safeguard children from abuse or neglect.
Requirement Ref: CR2.2

This means that you need to know about Signs of Abuse and local procedures for reporting child abuse concerns. Contact your local Families Information Service for details of Safeguarding Children training courses for childcare workers. Many councils provide access to an online e-learning package, so you can learn about Safeguarding Children at your own pace, at a time convenient to you.

I will have effective systems to ensure that I, or any person who is in regular contact with children:
– is suitable to work with children which must include obtaining an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check
– is of integrity and good character
– has skills and experience suitable for the work
– is physically and mentally fit for the work.
Requirement Ref: CR3

This is a more recent addition to the form… I think it is putting some emphasis on you making sure that you remain fit to do the job, from both a suitability point of view and also from a physically capable view point.

Nannies must have successfully completed a qualification at a minimum of level 2 in an area of work relevant to childcare, or training in the core skills as set out in the document ‘common core of skills and knowledge for the children’s workforce’.
Requirement Ref: CR4.2

This means that you need to have some kind of childcare training. At present it is unclear as to which training courses are acceptable, though the Children’s Workforce Development Council are developing a list of qualifications. Qualification Search

I will advise parents/guardians/carers of any health and safety risks.
Requirement Ref: CR5.6

If you notice something at your place at work which is a health and safety risk to you or the children, then discuss it with your employer.

Nannies must ensure that children’s behaviour is managed in a suitable manner.
Requirement Ref: CR6.2

You should discuss with your employer with regard to how you should manage the children’s behaviour.

Nannies must ensure that where older and younger children are together, the behaviour of children over the age of eight years does not have a negative effect on the younger children.
Requirement Ref: CR6.3

This means that if you care for children over 8 years old, you need to manage their behaviour such that younger children in your care are not adversily effected.  This could simply mean stopping an older child deliberately hurting a younger sibling.

Nannies must ensure that the childcare is accessible and inclusive by taking all reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of each child, relating to their childcare, are met.
Requirement Ref: CR6.4

This means that you need to treat each child as an individual and meet each child’s individual childcare needs.

Nannies must ensure that the childcare is accessible and inclusive by not refusing to provide childcare or treat any child less favourably than another child by reason of the child’s: race | religion | home language | family background | gender | disability and/or learning difficulty, taking all reasonable steps to ensure children with disabilities have access to the premises.
Requirement Ref: CR6.5

This means that you should not discrimate against a child. I am not sure how Ofsted expect nannies to comply with this fully, as a nanny can not make sure a families home is suitable for a disabled child, when the family concerned does not have a disabled child. Therefore I feel it should be assumed that Ofsted just want you to be aware of disabilities and discrimination.

Nannies must make the following information available to parents: information about the registration system for the voluntary part of the Childcare Register, Ofsted’s address.
Requirement Ref: CR9.3

This means that you should give parents details about the Ofsted Childcare Register. Information for parents and carers using childcare services PDF from the Ofsted website. Also you should make sure that parents know how they can contact Ofsted: 0300 123 1231  OfstedAddress: Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate, Store Street, Manchester, M1 2WD

Nannies must inform Ofsted of changes of circumstances as soon as they can (no later than 14 days after the change occurs).
Requirement Ref: CR10

This means that you need to keep Ofsted informed of major changes, such as if you change job, change your own contact details.

Nannies must inform Ofsted of the following: a change to the address of the premises where they are providing childcare or a change in the type of childcare they provide.
Requirement Ref: CR11

This means that if you change job, you need to tell Ofsted, or if the family you work for moves home and you continue working for them at the new home.  I feel it is unlikely that you will change the type of care provided, though if you stop being a nanny do notify Ofsted.

Nannies must inform Ofsted of the following: any change to their name, address or telephone number,  any significant event which is likely to affect their suitability.
Requirement Ref: CR12.1

This means that if you get married and thus change your name, notify Ofsted. If you change your name for another reason, notify Ofsted. If you move home or change your contact phone number, notify Ofsted. If you are convicted of a crime, notify Ofsted.

Matters affecting the welfare of children
Requirement Ref: CR13

While you are providng childcare, if any of the following occur you need to contact Ofsted.
Food poisoning affecting two or more children in your care.
Serious accident or injury, or death of a child in your care. Serious accident/injury in this case I feel is any that requires hospital admission.
Serious accident/injury, or death of any other person on the premises.
Any allegation of serious harm to, or abuse of, a child committed by any person looking after children at the premises. I feel this means that if you are accused of abusing or harming a child in your care, you need to notify Ofsted with regard to that allegation.

If any of those things occurs when you are not providing care, then as far as I can see you don’t need to inform Ofsted.  However perhaps it’s best to look at the individual situation and decide if it’s something the regulator would want to be made aware, keeping in mind that the regulator is interested in things that relate to the quality of care you provide.

Nannies must be covered by their own insurance in respect of liability which would be incurred for death, injury, public liability, damage or other loss.
Requirement Ref: CR14.1

Nanny insurance is available from a number of providers. The most popular insurer of nannies in the UK seems to me to be Morton Michel.   Check with them that the policy will cover your work – there are restrictions, such a maximum number of children in your care.    You should pay for this insurance, not your employer – the insurance covers you, not them.

Employers have separate Employers liability insurance which is often part of their home insurance (though recently I’ve been told that the Co-Op don’t include it in one of the policies – so parents should check policy wording to confirm they have Employers liability insurance).

Nannies must show the certificate of registration to a parent on request.
Requirement Ref: CR15.2

This means that if a parent who employs you asks to see your registration certificate, that you must show them your registration certificate.

Section I – Complete All.

Remember that if you are completing the paper form rather than the online system, you will need to send ALL 47 sheets of paper to Ofsted, in the correct order – sheet 1 at top.  Your application can be rejected if it is missing ANY of the pages (including blank pages) as it will not go through the scanner correctly.

Ofsted does seem to change this form from time to time, so if you notice any changes, especially when using the Online System, please do drop me an e-mail to let me know what you found was different.   Many thanks, NannyNick.

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