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REC calls for an immediate tightening up of the registration process for nannies

REC calls for an immediate tightening up of the registration process for nannies
 
The Recruitment & Employment Confederations Childcare sector group has responded to the Parliamentary Education Committees inquiry into the role and performance of Ofsted.
 
In its response, REC Childcare is calling for an immediate tightening up of the registration process for nannies on the Ofsted Voluntary Register. To further safeguard high standards the group alternatively suggests the introduction of mandatory registration for all nannies.
 
The RECs dedicated childcare sector group highlights the flaws in the system. Currently, unqualified nannies slip through the net as they are not required to provide proof at the application stage of the relevant documentation required to register.
 
The submission draws on a number of examples of the systems malfunctions that front line recruiters are faced with, such as:
Nannies being found to be producing false documents to support their application. In one particular case, a REC Childcare agency discovered that a nanny, who had successfully registered on the Voluntary Childcare Register, had a false visa and was illegally working in the UK. The nanny was yet able to produce a letter from Ofsted confirming her registration on the Register.
 
Agencies applying and successfully receiving certification to be on the Voluntary Childcare Register, when none of the requirements to be registered are in place.
The absence of an expiry date on the letters nannies receive from Ofsted once registered. This means that even if the nanny is removed from the register, they could still use that letter to show to unsuspected parents.
Commenting on the issue, Judith Ivers, Chair of REC Childcare said:
 
Parents place a lot of trust in Ofsted, and therefore in the Ofsted Voluntary Register. Due to the flaws in the system, this trust is fundamentally misplaced and our response to the inquiry draws attention to this.
 
REC Childcare is calling for either the overhaul of the way that nannies are registered on the Ofsted Voluntary Register or for the introduction of mandatory registration of all nannies to ensure the trust placed in the Register by parents is justified.

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