Childcare At Home Voluntary Approval Scheme
The Childcare At Home Approval Scheme in Wales took effect in February 2007 and is being run by Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW), the Approval Body.
The Scheme allows childcare providers, such as nannies who are unable to register with the CSSIW, a way of being approved as suitable childcare. By using an approved carer, a parent may be able to claim the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit.
The approval fee, payable on application, is currently £96 and includes the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Scheme check (DBS check). You need to renew your application each year. The renewal fee for the second and third year is £55. Once you have submitted your application. fees are non-refundable.
The scheme is voluntary and only applies to childcare provided in Wales.
In order to be approved under this scheme the carer has to meet the following criteria at the point of application or renewal:
- Must be aged 18 years or over.
- Must have an existing qualification on the National Framework of Accredited Qualifications for Early Years, Childcare and Playwork at level 2 or higher.
- Hold a first aid certificate which is less than three years old, suitable for the care of babies and young children and which covers dealing with emergencies, resuscitation, shock, choking and anaphylactic shock.
- Be able to demonstrate that there is nothing in their past which would suggest that they are unsuitable to care for children (usually via a DBS check). Approval is valid for twelve months.
Nannies do not have to be approved to care for a child in the parent’s own home, but there are a number of benefits for parents and those who employ them if they are approved.
Benefits to Parents
By using a nanny approved under this scheme, there is a greater level of reassurance that the person you are employing has met the minimum requirements,, including an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check. The scheme also provides confirmation that the person holds a recently acquired first aid certificate and a suitable child care qualification. Using an approved nanny means you may also be eligible for Working Tax Credit or other financial help such as employer supported childcare. For more information on eligibility for the Working Tax Credit, please contact HM Revenue and Customs on 0845 300 3900.
Benefits to Nannies
By taking part in the Voluntary Approval scheme, you benefit from being part of a scheme that will be recognised Wales-wide. The scheme recognises that you have met basic requirements for child care including an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau check, suitable child care qualification and current first aid certificate.
There is also the possibility of increased opportunity for employment by parents who may be able to claim tax credits for using approved child care. You can find out more about the application process by looking at our FAQs.
What the scheme does not do?
The scheme does not verify that a child carer is eligible to work in the UK. This remains the responsibility of the employer. It also does not guarantee that parents will be eligible for financial support and this should be checked with HM Revenue and Customs.
Childcare Approval Scheme