The budget announced that there is to be further help for parents with childcare costs. It has now opened the scheme to the self-employed and this will replace the childcare vouchers as we know. The money expert has written a superb piece on this so I have added the link for in depth details.
How will this affect nannies and families
Anybody wishing to use the financial help for childcare must be Ofsted registered. We know many nannies now do this on a voluntary basis but it will become even more prevalent that nannies have this in place when applying for work.
What can you do:
- You will need an Ofsted compliant nanny training course
- Up to date first
- Nanny insurance
Two crucial facts that will hold up your application
- The training course
- First aid.
Reasons: Many courses are booked up so you may need to wait to take them, so our advice is doing it as soon as possible. In gaining Nanny training it needs to be with a reputable company and that you learn skills from it. So, choose the right course for you and where you will get support.
If you have these two ready to go, then the nanny insurance is quite simple to get and the DBS is normally connected to the application for the Ofsted. Please check before applying for a DBS via anyone else if needing Ofsted registration otherwise you may pay twice.
Parents will often help with some of the costs towards this registration so, if you have paid for your courses then negotiate the extra costs for insurance and a DBS. They may put a clause in your contract that if you leave before a year they will require a pro rata amount back from you. That is fair as you take all your documents with you when you leave as they are in your name and the parents would need to start the process all over again.
When using an agency for your next job they will help and advise you in all these matters
For those using our training programme we would be happy to advise on suitable companies to help you in all aspects of
- First aid