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Home based child carers

Home Child Carers provide care, play and learning opportunities within a child's own home for children of all ages.

Important facts

  • home child carers include nannies, babysitters and au pairs
  • will have registered with Ofsted on the Voluntary part of the Child Care Register
  • care for children of one or two families together, in the home of one of the families
  • have undergone an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure check
  • have a basic qualification relevant to looking after children
  • have a current first aid qualification
  • may be subject to a random inspection by Ofsted (Ofsted will gain permission from parents to enter the premises)
  • can work on a self-employed basis, or be employed directly by parents
  • must have public liability insurance
  • may be able to work flexible hours
  • may be able to take or collect children from playgroup or school
  • are an eligible form of child care for help with childcare costs such as the childcare element of the working tax credit and child care vouchers (except where the home child carer is a relative of the child)

There should be a written agreement, signed by the home child carer and yourself, so that you are both clear about the arrangements made.

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This includes childcare that has spaces for 2, 3 and 4 year old funded children, as well as those that provide before and after school pick-ups and those that specifically cater for children with a disability or special educational need.

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