Applying for Ofsted

Ofsted requires nannies to hold Public Liability Insurance – Nannyinsure fulfils this part of Ofsted‘s application criteria.

Nanny insurance for Ofsted and Tax-free Childcare

If your employer wants to benefit from schemes such as Tax-free childcare then you must be an Ofsted registered nanny. Many parents looking for a nanny nowadays will want you to be Ofsted-registered to benefit from government support schemes like this, so having this in place is likely to make you more employable in the long run.

How can I register with Ofsted?

You can register with Ofsted either:

At the Government Gateway website here

Contacting Ofsted directly for more information by calling 0300 123 1231 or emailing

Once you have registered with Ofsted, your employer will receive a letter from HMRC inviting them to sign up for Tax-Free Childcare with instructions on how to do so. Please note that applications take up to 12 weeks for Ofsted to process.

Ofsted application criteria for Nannies

1) The Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

There are many organisations providing training in the Common Core Skill. Implemented by the Children’s Workforce Development Council, it demonstrates a set of values for Childcare Practioners to work by. Experienced nannies may not need to take this course as it’s targeted more towards new nannies with no formal training.

2) Paediatric First Aid Certificate

Paediatric First Aid training specialises in child and infant age groups and is suitable for those who care for babies or children in any professional setting. The qualification covers the practical skills that are required to deal with an emergency situation and even save the life of a child or infant.

3) An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

Previously known as the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), DBS is a background check available directly through Ofsted. The DBS needs to be updated every 3 years. You can find out more about a training and DBS packages from Babyem.

4) Public Liability Insurance

Nannyinsure provides public liability cover and other benefits for a nanny carrying out their working duties (subject to the policy terms and conditions). Nannyinsure includes up to £5 million cover for Public Liability and therefore covers this aspect of the application criteria.

This page has been created to support nannies registering with Ofsted. This is an unofficial guide – if candidates have any concerns, they should contact Ofsted directly.