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Apply to register as a nanny

You can apply to register as a nanny, including as an au pair, with Ofsted if you want to look after other people's children in their home.


  1. Before you start
  2. How much it costs
  3. How long the application takes
  4. How to apply

As a nanny, you can look after the children from 1 or 2 families at the same time. This will take place in one of those families’ homes.

If you want to look after children from more than 2 families at the same time, you must register as a childminder.

Before you start

DBS check

In order to make your application, you will need an enhanced criminal record (DBS) check with barred lists for a home-based role. You must get this type of DBS check, as having the wrong one will delay your registration.


You will need both first aid training and childcare training. You can speak to your local council about these courses. You must have these to complete your application.

Public liability insurance

You must have public liability insurance before you apply to register as a nanny, or before you start working as one.

If you do not have this type of policy when you apply to register as a nanny, you can still complete your application. However, we will contact you to confirm that you have your policy in place before we approve your application.

Lived abroad

If you have lived abroad in the last 5 years, you need certificates of good conduct from the embassies.

How much it costs

It usually costs £103 to apply to register with Ofsted. The registration fee is not refundable.

You will need to pay this registration fee each year.

There are other costs you will need to consider.

How long the application takes

It should take you 15 to 20 minutes to complete your application.

It usually takes up to 12 weeks to register with Ofsted.

How to apply

Check whether you should be registering as one of the following instead of as a childminder:

- a nursery or other daycare
- a childminder

Registering as the wrong type of childcarer may delay when you can start work.

You can only have one nanny application or registration associated with an email address.