The Family Information Service do not provide details on individual home-based child carers who have been registered with Ofsted on the voluntary register (vOCR).
As there is no legal requirement for a home-based child carer to be registered with Ofsted, though some do choose to register on the vOCR, a different procedure must be used to find a suitable person. Some families will be able to find someone for themselves, through a friend of the family or by word of mouth. You are also welcome to advertise for yourself, through local newspapers, notice boards, and informal websites. If you are considering this type of childcare you will need to be aware of a number of issues, many of which can be minimised by using a nanny agency.
When looking for a Nanny Agency try The Association of Nanny Agencies, a not-for-profit trade association for Nanny Agencies who demonstrate the highest standards of care and professional excellence within the nanny industry. They have 20 London based Nanny Agencies offering services such as Nanny, Nanny/Housekeeper, Parents Helper, Maternity Nurses, Babysitting and Nursery Nurses.
Why use an agency?
Although using an agency to find you a suitable home-based child carer can be more expensive than searching for yourself, there are benefits. Agencies will almost always vet individuals before putting families in touch with a potential child carer. This includes verifying qualifications, obtaining and checking references, conducting police checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and arranging visa applications in the case of au pairs.
They are also able to assist in the drawing up of contracts, and to advise you on a number of important factors, including pay. This is because in many cases using a home-based child carer means that you are effectively becoming an employer, and there are certain legal requirements that accompany this, for example, you will be responsible for paying the National Insurance and tax on top of the child carers' wages. you can find out more about what you need to be aware of when employing someone to work in your own home www.gov.uk/au-pairs-employment-law