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In the interest of Child protection Professional and genuine Childcarers expect a Parent to rigorously question them about the length of their Childcare Qualification training and Childcare work experience and want to reassure Parents that they take the responsibility of their Child (ren) and job seriously.

Reference checks:

By a Parent must be done if a Childcarer is provisionally offered and accepts your Daily Nanny or Evening Babysitting job vacancy.


  • Parents should not just accept a Childcarer's verbal assurance that they have work experience to cope especially with a baby and will be reliable, and punctual as Parents rarely have on-the-day backup Childcare.

  • Ask the Childcarer for previous Employers' telephone numbers as these Parents will know them personally (unlike LMM) to confirm more information about their personality, punctuality, reliability, honesty, having good initiative to ensure the safety and happiness of each Child in and out of their home, general care of their Child (ren), and if they were happy 


Parents should expect the Childcarer to pay for their own:

Paediatric First Aid:

This has to be re-taken every 3 years. This is required for Ofsted Registration and must include dealing with emergencies, resuscitation of Babies and Children, anaphylactic and electric shock, choking, burns, and fractures. We provide a few organizations below to consider contacting, prices vary for 1 and 2-day courses, and certificates are sent directly to the Nanny.


1998 until 2015 Little Masters and Misses was the first Nanny Agency to start our own British Red Cross Saturday Paediatric First Aid Course. I am proud to say hundreds of Nannies completed and enjoyed. Please let an organization below know we introduced you if you complete a form.

Nanny and Evening Babysitter Insurance:

We provide a few organizations below to contact at a cost of about £65 per year:


Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - police check):

View or telephone 0300 0200 190


The DBS organization only aims to identify those who may have past harmed or proved to be unsuitable to work with vulnerable children and young people. Parents should be aware unlike Little Masters and Misses the DBS and Ofsted organizations and many online Childcare services do not meet, interview, or reference check Childcarers so cannot be viewed as a good character or childcare work reference plus that it is only a check on them up to the last date of issue. The UK Home Office carries out DBS checks on the background of a person with information records held on the Police National Computer, Department of Health, local Police Force and Department for Education and Employment. Information that could be disclosed would be all convictions, including those spent, cautions, reprimands, and warnings held on.

There are three levels of DBS checks, Nannies, Evening Babysitters, and Childcarers fit into a category of people who will be eligible for checks at an 'Enhanced Level with Barred List'. Most Nannies pay the £13  annual DBS Update Service fee to be on, the Nanny:

  • Can use the online DBS information from one Nanny job to the next.

  • Has to give access permission to a potential new  Employer to view so they can make an informed recruitment decision.

  • Can check registration progress, renew automatically, add or remove a certificate and see who’s looked or if any information has changed

Ofsted Voluntary Register:

View or telephone 0300 123 1231 for advice.

Employing a Nanny is the most expensive form of childcare and few parents can gross budget for so many Employers on a job offer will request the Nanny to register. The Employer pays the current £105 annual fee as offers a possible Tax Allowance of £50 per week that is required by the government to be used towards the cost of Employing a Nanny and assists with the form. 

A Nanny cannot apply unless they have an up-to-date Paediatric First Aid Certificate, Annual DBS, and Nanny Insurance and allow 10 weeks to register.

The Ofsted Voluntary Register was not created to benefit Nannies to ask for a higher per-hour gross rate.

It was introduced to help the majority of Parents who do struggle to pay for Childcare costs out of their own salaries to allow them to work as weekly TV news, radio, and newspaper reports.

Nannies can choose but may forfeit a job offer if they are not or willing to go on the Ofsted register. Other schemes a Parent may be eligible for are Universal Credit, 30 hours of free, tax-free Childcare, and their Employer may have a Salary Sacrifice Scheme. ​​​​

​The Ofsted Voluntary Registration Certificate is issued by the government Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills and Ofsted ad-hock inspects varied Childcare services e.g. Nannies, Schools, Nurseries, or Registered Childminder where babies and young children are cared for.​

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