Links to useful resources


British Red Cross


  • This course is designed to teach you a range of first aid skills to cope with emergency situations for babies and children 0-puberty. The course is perfect for parents, expectant parents, grandparents, babysitters, foster parents and carers of babies and young children. This course is fully certified. We recommend you refresh your skills after 12 months.

  • The course content includes: dealing with an emergency, unconsciousness (breathing and not breathing), choking, bleeding, burns & scalds, sprains and strains, seizures, head injuries, swallowing harmful substance, drowning, raised temperature, meningitis, severe allergic reactions, diarrhoea & vomiting.

  • Tel: 0844 412 2808
  • Website: www.redcrossfirstaidtraining.co.uk
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Region: Nationwide

  • Caregivers Visas


  • If a caregiver is an EU or EFTA citizen, they can enter the UK with a valid passport or identity card. No entry visa is needed, as freedom of movement applies to all EU and EFTA citizens. There are no restrictions with regard to the duration of stay or residence. Citizens of these countries may also live and work in the UK even if they have already done so in the past.

  • EU Countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

  • If your au pair is neither from the EU nor from an EFTA state, they can probably become an au pair in your family under the Tier 5 Youth Mobility Scheme. Under this programme, the following persons may apply: Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan and Monaco.

  • The governments of these countries act as sponsors during the au pair stay. Applicants from British overseas citizens, British overseas territories citizens or British nationals (overseas) do not need a sponsor, and there are no limitations on the number of available places.

  • Home Office UK Border Agency:
  • http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Shame:
  • http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/visas-immigration/working/tier5/youthmobilityscheme/

  • The Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)


  • It is responsible for the regulation of providers of childcare services in addition to inspecting schools throughout England. The voluntary part of the register offers the choice of registration to providers who are not eligible for compulsory registration.

  • OFSTED will look into complaints or other information which gives it reason to believe a childcare provider is not meeting national standards or other requirements. It will take appropriate action where necessary. Registration under this scheme will demonstrate to parents and employers that essential standards of childcare have been met and will mean that parents employing registered carers will be able to claim working tax credits and employer supported voucher schemes if they are eligible.

  • Tel: 0300 123 1231
  • Website: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/