How to register your au pair with Ofsted

A number of our host families have enquired about registering their au pair with Ofsted in order to make use of childcare vouchers.

There are many different stages to Ofsted registration and it can be a fairly lengthy process (usually 12-14 weeks). Please note that the process cannot begin until your au pair has arrived in the UK.

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Current guidance on the subject from the British Au Pair Agencies Association (BAPAA) is as follows:

  • The au pair or nanny should call Ofsted and tell them that they want to become registered under the voluntary Ofsted registration scheme for home-based childcare.
  • Ofsted will send out a form in the post to be filled in.
  • The form must be returned with a valid Paediatric First Aid Certificate (further information below).
  • Ofsted will carry out a police check (even if the au pair already has a CRB).
  • If the person has lived in the UK for less than 5 years, then he/she will have to get a ‘good conduct letter/ certificate’ from his/her embassy which needs to be written in English or translated into English by an authorised translator. This depends on the country of origin of the au pair or nanny, so check with Ofsted first. Ofsted confirm that it is also acceptable for the au pair or nanny to get a police check from their country of origin and send it to Ofsted, but it must be an official document, on letter-headed paper, stamped and translated into English by an authorised translator.
  • Ofsted will then send through another form (called a verify form) that must be taken to the post office, together with a form of ID (eg passport) so that their identity can be checked.
  • The application fee, currently £103, must be paid.
  • Annually, on the anniversary of the registration with Ofsted, the fee becomes payable again, as long as the au pair wants to remain Ofsted-registered.
  • The au pair also needs a childcare (or similar) qualification from their home country, or from the UK, which is equivalent to level 2, or they must enrol on a Common Core Skills and Knowledge course (further information below).
  • The au pair is also required to have personal public liability insurance, most households have an insurance which would not cover the au pair if she has an accident so she would need to acquire on of her own.

Smartaupairs recommends Babyem’s Ofsted compliant courses:

Common Core Skills and Knowledge Training

The common core skills course is accredited at level 3 through Open College Network, providing au pairs registering with Ofsted with an official childcare qualification and covers the 6 common core skills areas required by Ofsted.

These areas are:

  • Communicating with children, young people, their parents and carers
  • Child and young person development
  • Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child
  • Supporting transitions
  • Multi-agency working
  • Sharing information

Ofsted compliant Paediatric First Aid

The paediatric first aid course covers all the necessary requirements for registration with Ofsted. Course content is as follows:

  • Planning for first aid
  • Dealing with Emergencies
  • Resuscitation of babies and children
  • Recognising and dealing with shock
  • Anaphylactic shock/Electric Shock
  • Bleeding, burns and scalds
  • Choking
  • Fractures

Safe & Sound: Introduction to Childcare Practice

Safe and Sound is an approved CACHE training provider and from September 2010 runs the following course:

CACHE Unit 1 ICP (Introduction to Childcare Practice)

Accreditation: This course is accredited by CACHE at level 3.

Venue: Central London


10th & 11th September 2010/

8th & 9th October 2010

12 & 13th November 2010

Time:10 am – 4.30 pm

Course Length:2 days

Assessed Course: Optional – students do not need to complete the 45 minute multi-choice test associated with the course in order to register with Ofsted, but passing the test may improve your employability and status and allows you to progress onto Units 2 – 5 to gain the full Diploma in Home Based Childcare (DHC). Full details on registering for the Unit 1 ICP test will be given to students by the trainer at the course.

Suitable For: All unqualified home-based child-carers wishing to register with Ofsted and/or those wishing to progress to the Diploma and gain a full Level 3 childcare qualification.

Course cost: £145 (Plus £45 payable to the trainer at the course for those opting to register to do the test).

Nannies and Au Pairs can either book on line or call the office and book over the phone on 0208 445 8998.

The Benefits of First Aid for Kids

Be ready, not sorry…

Is the first thing you read on the website of

First Aid for Kids

And although I am sure we all agree that ideally every member of the family and every au pair should attend a ‘proper’ first aid course, this product does make learning first aid easy and achievable.

Developed in conjunction with some of the world’s leading first aid and paediatric specialists, First Aid for Kids is an exciting and innovative complete first aid course presented either on a 90min DVD.

  • Learn first aid in the convenience of your own home
  • Refresh your first aid skills at your own pace
  • Review, refresh and learn as often as you like
  • All aspects of basic first aid are covered
  • As comprehensive as a traditional face-to-face first aid course
  • Interactive ‘hands on’ exercises to practice and test skills
  • A very cost effective way of learning this vital life saving skill, especially relevant considering the current global economic downturn

As well as refreshing and supporting those already with first aid skills, First Aid for Kids, using the latest in interactive multimedia technology in our CD-ROM’s and clear video instruction in our DVD, allows anyone to learn basic first aid skills at anytime.

We do NOT take any commission from the sales of this product and, as they are a philanprofit company, a significant part of the monies raised from the sale of either the CD-ROM’s, DVD’s or podcasts go directly back to our supported charities in the UK and Australia.

To get your personal training DVD, order today from and share the information with current and future au pairs!

We can help finding your next au pair – Call on 0800 917 81 66 today to discuss your requirements!

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Childcare Vouchers/Tax Credits

Tax credits are payments from the government. If you’re responsible for at least one child or young person who normally lives with you, you may qualify for Child Tax Credit. (HMRC)

Family eligibility for tax credit depends on factors such as age, employment status, number of children, disabilities & other benefits claimed.  In general, the family needs to earn less than £58 000 combined/year to qualify.

Some employers also give out childcare vouchers.

For a family to be able to gain the tax credits or childcare vouchers, they have to employ a registered carer. The governing body in the UK is Ofsted and the au pair must register with them on a voluntary, home based childcare scheme.

The number for tax credits is 08453 003900, or for more information, please see:

Guide for Families:

  1. Contact Ofsted – ask for your au pair to be registered under the voluntary Ofsted scheme.
  2. Complete the form sent to you by Ofsted and return it with a valid first aid certificate(1)
  3. Ofsted will conduct a police check/CRB on the person – even if the au pair already has a valid CRB. If the person has lived in the UK for less than 5 years, which is the case with most au pairs, she or he would be required to acquire a good conduct letter/certificate from the embassy (in English or translated in English by an authorized translator).
  4. Ofsted will thereafter send you another form (verify form) which you would take to the post office (together with an ID to check your identity).
  5. Payment of the application fee – £103 – the fee becomes repayable annually as long as the person wishes to be registered.
  6. The au pair is also required to have a childcare qualification from their home country or from the UK which is equivalent to the level 2 or they have to enrol on a Common Core Skills and Knowledge Course (2) by contacting their local authority. For more information, please call Children Work Force Development Council on 01132 446 311 or on 0300 123 1033
  7. The au pair is also required to have personal public liability insurance, most households have an insurance which would not cover the au pair if she has an accident so she would need to acquire on of her own.
  8. The duration of the registration process is between 12 and 14 weeks (6-8 weeks to receive the CRB check).

(1)First Aid Course


The certificate must be for a paediatric first aid course – which can be either a 6 or 12 hour course. The family is required to make sure the course is suitable for the Ofsted Voluntary childcare scheme.


(2)Common Core Skills and Knowledge Course


If your local authority does not offer the course then you may contact a training organizer. One provider is MNT Training who runs two Common Core Skills and Knowledge courses. First being a 2 day course in London (costing £150/run monthly). You will receive a certificate and may have an assessment (but this is not required by Ofsted). Second course is a distant learning course for people who are unable to attend in London. The course cost is £150 and at the end of the course an assessment is conducted for proof of completed studies.

Information gathered by Sara Rahmani/Monica from Peek a Boo Childcare

First Aid for Children – Free Seminars by BabySafe


Great opportunity to improve first aid skills for both parents and au pairs!

“The FREE BabySafe seminars have been especially designed to help parents cope with babies and young children in emergency first-aid situations.

Each seminar covers a range of different life-saving techniques including basic resuscitation, what to do if a child is choking, dealing with burns and scalds, spotting the signs of meningitis as well as car-seat safety advice.

The two-hour course also includes a practical session with RLSS volunteers, enabling participants to try out their skills on dummy babies and children.

From November until the end of March, eight FREE BabySafe seminars will be held at select towns throughout the UK. Everyone who attends will receive a free ‘goody bag’ packed with useful products and a free life-saving skills DVD.”

For the dates and locations of the eight BabySafe Workshops please follow the link:

Special thanks to our Host Mum (Ms. Moyes) who referred us to the programme.


Au Pair Induction/First Aid – 1 Day Course


This is the information about the next first aid course aimed specifically at au-pairs and nannies. It is organised by Peekaboo Childcare and places are limited.  You can book this course with Smartaupairs. Below is the course information.

We run Paediatric Child Safety & First Aid courses.

Next First aid course is held on 13th of September – please call us on 0800 917 81 66 to book now!

All courses are available for parents, nannies and au-pairs.

Pediatric first aid courses
In an emergency you, or the person looking after your child, need to react quickly and effectively.

Knowing what to do could save your child’s life.
We use only highly qualified and medically experienced trainers. All our courses comply with both British and European Resuscitation Guidelines.

On successful completion of our courses, you will be issued a certificate valid for 3 years. The course is recognized by the nanny approval scheme.


£100+VAT per person

The course includes:

  • Child health and safety
  • Personal & domestic hygiene
  • Basic Life Support
  • Recovery position
  • Choking injuries
  • Drowning
  • Bleeding
  • Burns, scalds, electrocution wning
  • Meningitis
  • Febrile convulsions
  • Simple fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Treatment of shock
  • Poisoning
  • 999 emergency call ng
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • Cost: £100


Courses held in our office or other. Please enquire when booking.
10.30am until 3pm approx
We will provide lunch, snacks, coffee.
Please make sure you arrive approximately 10.20am to make sure you don’t miss the start.
Course participants are advised to wear comfortable clothing and we kindly request that you do not wear lipstick as this can stain the training manikins.

First Aid Courses in Kent

Kent Adult Education Services provides a range of first aid courses  – for more information on the courses/dates: Download KAES First Aid Course Schedule

Kindly book directly with the provider with the following form: Download First Aid Request form

Please return the form to: – KAES will check schedule and book a preliminary place on the course for the customer. The customer will then receive a confirmation e mail with full details.

Limited Places for FREE Paediatric First Aid Course in Kent

There are still some places available on the Peadiatric First Aid course in Ashford, funded by the Kent Country Council;

Wednesday & Thursday 16 and 17th July

9.30 – 4pm at Ray Allen Center, Ashford

To book – please contact

Sue Ricketts

Business Development Manager (Family Programmes)

Kent Adult Education Service

Head Office

College Road


Kent ME10 1LF

Direct dial: 01795 415931