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Our goal is clear -

to promote quality in early years care for the benefit of children

and their families

Mission Statement


The Regulation Matters Campaign calls for the registration of all childcarers in the UK, so that nannies and other home childcarers are brought under the same regulatory umbrella and held to the registration standards currently required of childminders in order to safeguard children, improve childcare standards, and create consistency in the childcare industry.

We seek to achieve recognition for the valuable service provided by all home childcarers by:

  1. ­Lobbying the Government to include
  • nannies
  • maternity nurses
  • doulas
  • au-pairs etc

with childminders in the requirements for registration and regulation, under the general umbrella of ‘home childcare’­

  1. Encourage parents / employers to employ only those home childcarers who are professionally trained, insured, registered and inspected
  2. Making it socially unacceptable to place young children in the hands of unregistered childcarers.­

To progress our Campaign for higher standards and uniform registration and regulation to include nannies, the Regulation Matters Campaign has the following key objectives:

  • Safeguarding measures in place supported by legislation to remove from ALL childcare and early years sectors those found to be unsuitable
  • Safeguarding of ALL children, ensuring that every child is cared for safely and professionally by committed, well trained practitioners
  • Aiming to have all "Home Childcarers" in the UK working to and measured by a recognised set of Core Professional Standards.­

Brief Background


In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe.  This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act (1989) and (2004).  In September 2012 changes to disclosure and barring services were introduced by Government which affected employers and other organisations working with vulnerable groups, including children.  These changes included amendments to the definitions of regulated activity with vulnerable groups including children.  Controlled activity; planned - but not implemented - registration and continuous monitoring have all been abolished.


Other important changes include:

The ISA can only bar a person from working in regulated activity if it believes the person is, has been or might in the future, engage in regulated activity.­

In December 2012 the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) merged into the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This new organisation provides a joined up, seamless service to combine the criminal records and barring functions. Further legislative changes came into force during 2013 and 2014.

No current legislation or proposed upcoming changes provide for the registration / regulation of nannies



In the current climate of de-regulation we urge the Government to think again, to look at recognising that ALL children should be offered the same level of safeguarding and that ALL those working with children must be required to meet the same high standards, to include registration and a rigorous inspection regime.

Our goal is clear –
to promote quality in early years care for the benefit of children and their families