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REC Childcare campaign triggers Ofsted to tighten checks on nannies

REC Childcare campaign triggers Ofsted to tighten checks on nannies

An intense lobbying and press campaign by REC Childcare has persuaded Ofsted to tighten its checks of First Aid Certificates for nannies applying to get on Ofsted's Voluntary Childcare Register.
This follows revelations made by REC Childcare which showed the loopholes in Ofsted's registration scheme allow unqualified nannies to slip through the net. In some cases, registered nannies do not have any childcare experience or qualifications - missing even the First Aid Certificate. In other cases, applicants do not have the right to work in the UK.

Karen Dixon, owner of the London Nanny Company and a member of the REC Childcare Executive, has exposed these shortcomings by going undercover. She managed to register with Ofsted despite not having any childcare qualifications or experience. In a BBC Radio 5 Live interview on this issue, Patrick Leeson, Ofsted's Director of Education and Care, confirmed that, following Karen Dixon's case, 'there has been a tightening of the check that is made on First Aid Certificates.

REC Childcare members are committed to ensuring that Ofsted checks on nannies are effective. Judith Ivers, Chair of the Childcare Group, said: "REC Childcare will continue to work with Ofsted to ensure that its nanny register is a robust check on a nanny's criminal record and childcare qualifications.

Ultimately, only an REC childcare employment agency can provide a parent with the reassurance that each candidate submitted to them has been fully vetted and is safe, competent, experienced and suitably qualified to work with children.
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