Early Years

What's the difference between Childminders and Nannies

What's the difference between Childminders and Nannies

What Are Childminders?

Childminders are people that work with children for "more than 2 hours a day in their own home for a reward." In England, childminders are registered with Ofsted (Office of Standards in Education) and are regularly monitored by Ofsted to ensure they are providing an adequate childcare service

It is the Childminder’s responsibility to ensure that the correct documentation is always kept up to date and that the children are cared for in a safe environment.

More information about applying to become a childminder

What Are Nannies?

A Nanny provides childcare for one or more families in the families home.  Some Nannies “Live in” with the family that they care for; however, it is becoming more popular to employ part-time Nannies. Nannies that provide care for newborn babies throughout the night are known as “Night Nannies”

Unlike Childminders, Nannies don’t need any formal qualifications; however, they do need a Paediatric First Aid qualification (which will need to be updated every 3 years), up-to-date knowledge of Safeguarding procedures, a DBS check and have valid insurance.

Book a Paediatric First Aid course

More information about purchasing childcare insurance

Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board

Also unlike Childminders, any working Nanny doesn’t need to register with Ofsted. There is however a voluntary Ofsted registration available to nannies, by registering with Ofsted parents would be able to pay for care using tax credits, childcare vouchers or tax-free childcare. 

More information about Nannying

Register as a nanny: quick guide

Further information about Voluntary Ofsted Registration

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