How To Register With Ofsted

How to register with Ofsted

Absolute Childcare aim to provide helpful information regarding Ofsted, however, we are unable to help with Ofsted registration directly. If you need further help, please contact Ofsted directly.

Registration in Brief

  • Ofsted registration costs £105
  • Registration must be renewed every year at a cost of £105
  • The cost of a DBS check can be between £50-£70
  • We recommend you allow at least 12 weeks for registration, but bear in mind it can take longer
  • Employers can benefit from employing an Ofsted Registered Nanny as they will be able to use Childcare Vouchers to pay part of the Nannies salary
  • If the employer pays for the registration it is considered a benefit in kind and can affect the nanny’s tax code
  • You can contact Ofsted directly on 0300 123 1231 or [email protected]

Registration Criteria

In order to register nannies need to have the following:

  • An Enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check and registration on to the DBS updating service. You must agree to Ofsted Checking your DBS Certificate at least every 6 months. If you haven’t joined the service 19 days after getting your First Certificate you must get a new one.
  • The registered person must have successfully completed a:
  • qualification at a minimum of level 2 in an area of work relevant to the childcare, or training in the Core Skills as set out in the document ‘common core skills and knowledge for the children’s workforce’
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • A valid paediatric first-aid certificate

How to register

You can register with Ofsted online by completing the CR1 Form. You must first register on the government gateway account:

Once the online registration form is completed you will be contacted by Ofsted requesting documentary proof of your First Aid Certificate, Childcare Certificate or Common Core Skills Certificate and public liability insurance.

Please note, during your registration with Ofsted you MUST keep your First Aid Certificate and Public Liability Insurance up to date and inform Ofsted of any changes to your circumstance, for example if you move. If you fail to do so, you may be struck off the Voluntary Register and fined.

Who pays?

  • Although it is the parents that benefit from employing a registered nanny it could also be argued that the nanny will be more employable if she is registered. It is worth the employer and the nanny discussing the costs involved and coming to an arrangement of who pays for what. Bear in mind that if the employers pay, this will be considered a ‘benefit in kind’ and must be declared as such.

How long does it take?

  • Ofsted recommend allowing 12 weeks for registration. You should bear this in mind when it comes time to renew your registration.
  • The time it takes to become registered depends primarily on how long it takes for the Enhanced DBS check to be completed. This can vary a great deal: from a few weeks to, in a minority of cases, a few months for the process to be complete.
  • You should make sure that you have your Public Liability Insurance and paediatric first aid certificate in place by the time your registration comes through because it cannot be applied retrospectively.
  • For more information on the Ofsted Childcare Register and how to register, contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 or visit

About the OCR

  • The Ofsted Childcare Register (OCR) was introduced in April 2007 and replaces the Childcare Approval Scheme (CAS). It is an entirely voluntary register which covers childcare provided in the child’s home and means that nannies are eligible to be Ofsted registered.
  • Parents who employ an Ofsted registered nanny can receive some financial relief towards their childcare costs. By allowing a greater number of parents to receive some financial support towards their childcare costs, the register aims to raise the standard of home-based childcare. The scheme is entirely voluntary, but only parents who use a registered nanny will be able to take advantage of any financial support.
  • There are two types of financial support available: working tax credits and childcare vouchers. In order to take advantage of working tax credits the combined family income must be relatively low. Childcare vouchers are available to most employed persons in the UK, irrespective of income, providing their employer has a childcare voucher scheme in place.
  • In order to be registered the nanny must have Public Liability Insurance, a valid first aid certificate and an enhanced DBS check.
  • For more information on the Ofsted Childcare Register and how to register, contact Ofsted on 0300 123 1231 or visit


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