Nanny & child care insurance
Comprehensive protection against accidents and mistakes for professional nannies and child minders with flexible and customisable insurance from £17.55 a month.
What does child care insurance cover?
Whether you're a part-time child minder, or a full-time live-in nanny operating as a sole trader business, Superscript have created a specialist comprehensive insurance product that can protect you against a number of risks associated with caring for children.
10% of nannies and child minders paid £17.55 a month or less for their Superscript business insurance between July and September 2022.
At Superscript, we offer nannies and child carers a package of three covers in one to cater to the many risks inherent in caring for children. The core covers for professional nannies include:
- Public liability
- Professional indemnity
- Medical malpractice (in case of injuries to the children)
What insurance does a self-employed nanny need?
Public liability insurance
One of the most commonly sought-after covers for sole traders, public liability insurance protects you in the event that you are responsible for injuring (or damaging the property of) a third party, such as a client or member of the public. It can cover the legal and compensation costs if a claim is made against you.
Professional indemnity insurance
In your role as a child care professional, your professional indemnity insurance covers you for any mistakes you make in the course of your duties, such as losing important documents or giving incorrect advice.
Medical malpractice insurance
No, it's not just doctors and nurses that need medical malpractice insurance. This cover is a broad protection against mistakes you might make when caring for a child's wellbeing that result in them becoming injured. This might include administering over-the-counter painkillers and medication or patching up a cut after a fall in the playground.
As an optional additional cover, cyber insurance is designed to protect you from a range of cyber risks that can affect sole trader and self-employed individuals in any industry.
From card data breaches to social engineering fraud and GDPR privacy non-compliance to business interruption if your website provider goes down, cyber insurance protects you.
Once you've completed a quote, you'll be able to view a summary of cover. Please always refer to your policy documents for full details around exclusions, terms and limits of your customised cover.
Child minders' insurance claims examples
There are various different types of insurance claim that a self-employed nanny may have to make, so here are a few examples of specific claims that would be covered by Superscript’s customisable policy:
When caring for a child, you accidentally incorrectly administer their prescription medication, making them ill. Your medical malpractice insurance can cover your legal and compensation costs if a claim is made against you.
While looking after a youngster, you accidentally knock over and break an expensive vase in a client's house. Your public liability insurance can cover the cost of repairing or replacing the broken item.
While doing important administration for a client's child, you misplace a folder and lose their birth certificate and other important documents. Your professional indemnity insurance can cover the costs of replacing the lost items.
How do insurance claims work for nannies?
You make a claim
Log in to your online account and go to the ‘Make a claim’ section. There, you can make a claim directly – there's no need to call us.
We'll ask you for some details about your claim, including a crime reference number (if applicable), the date of loss, type of claim and its detailed description.
You can also attach any relevant supporting documentation like proof of loss or proof of purchase.
We'll get on the case
Once submitted, your claim will be assessed.
If the claim is large, we may need more information from you. Or, if it's small, our team may be able to settle it within a couple of days (or hours, in some cases).
Either way, we'll keep you regularly updated and you'll be able to see the status of your claim on our customer portal.
Your claim is settled
After it's been assessed, we'll let you know if your claim has been successful or not.
If items have been lost, stolen or damaged, we might arrange for the items to be replaced or make a payment to you.
Nannies' insurance FAQs
Business insurance for nannies and child minders is a combination of different covers, including:
- Public liability insurance – covers injury or property damage caused to a member of the public or a client
- Professional indemnity insurance – covers you for mistakes such as losing documents and giving incorrect advice
- Medical malpractice insurance – covers you for mistakes made while caring for the wellbeing of a child
- Cyber insurance (optional) – protects you from hacking, social engineering fraud and much more
Together, your policy can protect you from the wide variety of risks associated with professionally caring for children.
The cost of your policy will depend on a number of factors such as your location, the types of activities you engage in as a child minder and whether or not you wish to include cyber cover.
10% of nannies paid £17.55 or less for their insurance with Superscript between July and September 2022.
While nannies are not legally required to hold insurance, many agencies and clients will look for insured child minders to care for their children. Also, if a claim were to be made against you, you would need to consider if you could afford the cost of the compensation yourself, without insurance.
In short, yes. Your business insurance premium is labeled by HMRC as an 'allowable expense' and the cost of your premium can be written off against your taxable profit for the year. Be sure to keep records of your expenses for your self-assessment or corporation tax return.
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A-rated financial strength
Our insurance products are underwritten by Standard & Poor’s A-rated financial strength or higher. This means the underwriter has been independently assessed by the world’s leading credit rating provider and found to have a strong capacity to meet financial commitments (pay claims).
Protected by the FSCS
If you are a business with an annual turnover under £1m, charity with an annual income under £1m, or trust with net assets under £1m, then you will be entitled to compensation from the FSCS in the unlikely event we cannot meet our obligations. Full details and further information on the scheme are available at www.fscs.org.uk.