Being a nanny in Wales


If you want to deliver your best as a nanny, then training is essential. Before becoming approved via CSSIW’s Childcare at Home Voluntary Approval Scheme or joining PACEY, you'll need to have taken introductory training in home-based childcare.

PACEY offers a training course in home-based childcare which meets the requirements for joining CSSIW’s scheme.

The unit is called "Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service". This is also known as CYPOP5. It is PACEY's recommended preparatory course for prospective and new nannies in Wales. Discover more, including how to book, here.

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Becoming approved as a nanny in Wales brings great benefits to you as a nanny as well as enabling parents to use childcare vouchers to pay for their child's care.

About CSSIW’s Childcare At Home Approval Scheme

This scheme is run by CSSIW, the Approval Body. The approval fee, payable on application, is currently £104 and includes the cost of an Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure (formerly known as CRB).

The scheme is voluntary and only applies to childcare provided in Wales.

In order to be approved under this scheme, you'll have to meet the following criteria at the point of application or renewal:

  • Be aged 18 years or over.
  • Have an existing qualification or training on the List of Accepted Qualifications for the Early Years and Childcare Workforce in Walesat level 2 or higher. This currently includes the CYPOP5 unit Understand how to set up a home based childcare service of the QCF Level 3 Diploma Children’s Care, Learning and Development (CCLD).
  • Hold a first-aid certificate which is less than three years old, suitable for the care of babies and young children and which covers dealing with emergencies, resuscitation, shock, choking and anaphylactic shock.
  • Be able to demonstrate that there is nothing in your past which would suggest that you are unsuitable to care for children (usually via a DBS check).

Applying for approval with the Childcare At Home Approval Scheme

To apply for approval, please complete an application form and send it to:

Childcare At Home Approval Scheme
Government Offices
Sarn Mynach
Llandudno Junction
Conwy LL31 9RZ

Approval on the scheme lasts for 12 months so you will need to reapply every year. The fee is applicable annually as approval is renewed.

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