Nanny & child care insurance
Protection against accidents and mistakes for professional nannies and child minders with personalised cover, tailored to your individual needs.
Nanny insurance quote from £17.55 a month
20% of childminders paid £17.55 a month or less for their Superscript business insurance between January and March 2023.
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.
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 insurance (£1m, £2m, or £5m limit)
- Professional indemnity insurance
- Medical malpractice (in case of injuries to the children)
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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. Read our guide to understanding your policy documents.
Why choose Superscript?
Pick the covers you need, leave the ones you don't, with customised limits.
Contact our UK-based, in-house customer service and claims teams, if you need to.
Make adjustments to your insurance at any point, with no fees to tweak your policy.
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 claims work for professional nannies?
Notify us of the claim
Ideally this should be done as soon as possible and within 30 days of you becoming aware of anything which you think may be covered by your insurance.
A good indicator of whether or not to let us know is if there's an issue which may require a payment to be made on your behalf.
We'll get on the case
We'll acknowledge your claim within 24 hours, and sometimes in as little as 30 minutes! This means you'll receive email confirmation of your claims reference and contact information should you need to speak to us.
We will then reach out to you within 48 hours to request any extra information we need to progress your claim.
We'll keep you updated on the next steps as the claim progresses.
A decision is made
We'll let you know if your claim is successful or not. If your claim isn't covered, we will always try to point you in the right direction and support you as best we can in getting back to normal.
If your claim is successful, once we have all the documents we need, we will aim to settle claims such as accidental damage, theft and lost equipment within five working days.
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. Factors such as your annual turnover and your location can also affect the cost of your insurance premium.
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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