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BAPAA is the only recognised trade association for the Au Pair industry in Britain and provides information, support and training to its registered agencies and also helps to set industry standards for the benefit of host families and Au Pairs.

BAPAA was formed on a non-commercial basis in 2003 by the British members of the International Au Pair Association (IAPA) with the purpose of setting standards for the Au Pair industry and protecting the Au Pair experience as a rewarding cultural exchange programme.




Nannytax offers an all-inclusive service for families and nannies.

The  service nannytax offers is the most comprehensive available providing not only complete payroll administration from a team of experienced payroll executives but it is also inclusive of detailed Employment Contracts and extensive Employment Law Support from employment law specialists on a wide range of employment issues.

We have been working with Nannytax for quite a number of years and strongly recommend our families to subscribe to their service to ensure total peace of mind about employing a nanny.


DBS Disclosure


Nannies will need an Enhanced DBS Check, at Playtime we can help you with the application for this DBS check.

Since March 2002, the Criminal Records Bureau (renamed as the Disclosure and Barring Service in December 2012), has enabled employers to check the criminal records of employees and potential employees, in order to ascertain whether or not they are suitable to work with vulnerable adults and children.

In addition to the information included in the Standard Check, an Enhanced DBS Check includes a consultation of the new lists of individuals considered unsuitable to work with children and vulnerable adults. The police will also check for any additional information held in their files that might be relevant to the position being applied for. It is then up to the police to decide what extra information is added to the report.

More information on DBS Disclosures and who is required to be checked can be found on the Disclosure and Barring Service website.


How to Register

Nannies and other Home Child carers can voluntarily register through the Government Gateway which can be accessed via the Government Gateway website. Alternatively you can contact Ofsted via email or call them on 0300 123 1231 and ask for an application form. It is recommended that a photocopy of your First Aid certificate is enclosed with a postal application. Ofsted will send a letter requesting to see evidence of your First Aid qualification with online applications.

Ofsted aims to complete applications within 12 weeks.

Mandatory Criteria

Ofsted have set mandatory criteria for home child carers wishing to become registered. The applicant must fulfil all of the criteria.

  1. The Common Core Skills and Knowledge in Childcare

This usually applies when the nanny is relatively new to childcare and has had no formal training. There are various nanny training organisations around the country offering one-day courses

  1. Paediatric First Aid Certificate

Appropriate training in first aid is a requirement.

  1. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

This is a police and criminal records check which must be carried out to ensure the individual is safe to work with children. The DBS replaced the former Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) in December 2012.

  1. Public Liability Insurance

Essential cover for the nanny should anything happen to the children, or as a result of the children, whilst they are in her care.


Paediatric First Aid

Whether or not you are  Ofsted registered it is always a good idea to make sure your  Paediatric First Aid knowledge is up to date. At Playtime  we can help finding a suitable course.


Social Media


Playtime, Nannies, Au Pairs and Housekeepers run a facebook group for Nannies and Au Pairs in Surrey and London. Send us a Friend request and we will add you to the group!