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A home childcarer is someone who cares for children in the child’s own home, or in the home of another child they are caring for. Home childcarers are more commonly referred to as a nanny or au pair. As well as providing childcare, the role may also involve taking on additional tasks around the home, such as cleaning or cooking. A home childcarer can care for children from up to two families at any one time. Sometimes a home childcarer will be asked to ‘live in’.
Home childcarers are most often employed by the family. In addition to paying your salary, they are also responsible for making your tax, National Insurance contributions and must offer you the opportunity to be included in a work based pension scheme.
HMRC will only grant a home childcarer self-employed status in exceptional circumstances. For further information contact HMRC
Whilst some home childcarers hold a recognised childcare qualification this is not compulsory.
It is not mandatory for home childcarers to register with Ofsted, however they can choose to register on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register.
Carefully read the following guidance notes prepared by Ofsted:
Some types of childcare are not required to be registered with Ofsted because they are exempt from the Early Years and Compulsory Childcare registers.
To find out if this applies to you, please read the Ofsted fact sheet
Early Years and Childcare Handbook - Annex A. Registration not required.