Being a nanny in England

Here you'll find all the information you'll need on the training requirements and registration processes to be in a nanny. 

Essential training

Training is key to your professionalism. It gives you the confidence and skills you need to do the best job you can.

Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare course

If you're just starting out, PACEY's training course in home-based childcare meets all the requirements for joining the Ofsted Voluntary Register.

The Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare, is CACHE-accredited and Ofsted-recognised level 3 award covers everything you need to become a nanny. Online, the training course fits around your commitments and lifestyle.  

During the course, unit one covers:

  • Children’s learning and development, including why play is so vital to children's development, and how to promote it
  • Regulations and rules about home-based childcare, including the legislation you must know about
  • Safeguarding, child protection and health and safety in a home-based childcare environment
  • How to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion in your setting
  • Day to day care routines for children
  • Working in partnership with parents and other professionals
  • The role of observation has in planning and helping children learn

Unit three (for nannies) explores the role of the nanny. Areas covered are:

  • Understanding partnership working for the nanny
  • Expectations required in the role of the nanny
  • Understanding the role of advisory, guidance and support services for the nanny
  • How to plan steps to become a nanny.

Free added benefits

When you study the HBCA course with The Childcare Company, you’ll get three months’ free PACEY membership*. This means that as well as access to a host of member benefits, you’ll have all the support you need. This includes not only to access the materials that will help you complete your HBCA course, but that will help you in your career as a nanny. 

First aid training

First aid training is not only a mandatory requirement for registered childcare professionals, it saves lives.

We work with paediatric first aid training specialists Tigerlily Training, to provide a course that's suitable for home-based childcarers.

The 12 hour course combines one day of tutor-led training with six hours interactive e-learning. The Blended Full Paediatric Course covers all elements of the Emergency Paediatric Course during the trainer-led practical day and our eLearning module contains only the additional content required to gain the Full Paediatric First Aid Qualification.

Safeguarding training

If you work with children, you have a responsibility to help to protect them. You must be aware of your roles and responsibilities in relation to safeguarding, child protection and the welfare of children. Children are vulnerable and rely on adults to help them to feel safe and secure. You have a responsibility to ensure that children are able to grow and develop in a safe and stimulating environment.

The PACEY safeguarding course has been designed to help you meet your responsibilities and is fully endorsed by CACHE. It will help ensure you have the confidence to recognise, respond to and refer a child for further help if you should have any concerns.

CEY smart

CEY smart is our online training exclusive to PACEY members, giving you accessible CPD in bite-sized courses. As a PACEY member, you get full access to over 45 courses within our nine exciting themes, helping early years practitioners to power their practice. Each course links theory and practice together in an accessible and meaningful way. All CEY smart courses also feature a reflection activity to download and print, creating a document which you can use as part of your personal and professional development, and to use to evidence your CPD.

Suitability checks

Disclouse and barring checks

You will need an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Depending on where you live, you’ll need either:

  • an enhanced check with barred lists for home-based workers, if you live in the home where you work
  • an enhanced check with barred lists, if you do not live in the home where you work

Registering as a nanny

Being registered helps you demonstrate to parents your commitment to the care of their children to the highest possible standards. It also allows parents to access government support in helping them pay for their childcare. That's why we recommend that nannies join the Ofsted Childcare Register in England.

4-step process to nanny registration

Become a non-registered nanny

If you're a nanny, you can register with Ofsted. PACEY is a professional association and as such we strongly recommend that you register with the appropriate regulatory body. The benefits of registering as a nanny include:

  • Improved job prospects
  • Parents who employ registered nannies may be able to receive some financial contributions to their childcare costs in the form of childcare vouchers or Tax-Free Childcare
  • DBS check as part of the registration process. 

However, if you don't want to register, you can still become a nanny member of PACEY.

Join your professional association

Joining PACEY is the best way to demonstrate your commitment to your career as a nanny. As a member of the largest and longest established professional association representing childcare and early years, you can be sure of getting the support, advice, training, backing and information you need.