Home-based childcare is when the person employed to provide care does so in your own home. They could be a:
- Au pair
There are no legal requirements if someone wishes to work as a home childcarer, unless they choose to join the voluntary element of the childcare register with OFSTED. These childcarers are listed on the Norfolk Directory.
Home childcarers cannot offer the early years funded hours for 2, 3 and 4 year-olds.
There are no legal requirements if someone wishes to work as a home childcarer so it is very important that if you are employing a nanny, au pair or babysitter, you are making your decision based on a thorough interview process to include an identity and reference check.
Home-based childcare costs may vary throughout the county so it is important to check this information with them.
An au pair is a single person who travels to the United Kingdom wishing to learn English and live as part of an English speaking family. They will live in the family’s house and work an agreed number of hours a week, providing childcare and domestic support around the home. Au pairs can be arranged by contacting agencies.
There is no specified number of children, although any home childcarers are only allowed to work for a maximum of two families at one time. Should they care for more than this the law states they would then be classed as a childminder.