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Child Care Home Practitioners - QLS Level 3 Course

Course Format:Paper Based Materials (With Optional Online Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:1-2 Working Days (Courier Service)
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Course Description

The Child Care Home Practitioners - QLS Level 3 Course gives a valuable insight into understanding the role of learning and development in childcare settings.

The course deals with the legal requirements for setting up a child care business from your own home and covers the frameworks of early education including Birth to Three, Every Child Matters and The Early Years Foundation Stage. You will also gain a full understanding of the personal and interpersonal skills you will need to develop your career in childcare.

The culture of long hours and the fact that more and more women are returning to work after having children, have brought about something of a mini-revolution in childcare. In today’s busy world, the need for quality childcare has never been greater, and that’s why this exciting Child care Home Practitioners course is such good news. If you have ambitions to work in the child care sector – as a childminder or nanny, or in a nursery or crèche, for example – this is the course for you. You’ll find it interesting, challenging and highly rewarding, and it could lead to a whole new exciting career playing a vital role in the care, development and education of children.

This course is an ideal introduction to the world of Child Care. However this course alone will not give the qualification you would need to work in this sector. Please be aware that this course provides all the underpinning knowledge to work with children, but you would need a vocational qualification as a minimum to work with children. Nonetheless, if you want a good grounding in the theory of Child Care, prior to, or in conjunction with, hands-on vocational training, this course is ideal.

On successful completion of this course students will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement.

The Child Care Home Practitioners - QLS Level 3 Course includes the following units:
The following topics are covered: The main development of a child from birth to 8 years; Social, economic and environmental factors influencing development; Genetic and hereditary factors affecting development; Children’s overall development needs; Defining special needs; Supporting children with special needs; Key transitions; and Supporting children through transitions.
The following topics are covered Policies to meet diversity within the childminding setting; Inclusion within the childminding setting; and Effects of discrimination.
The following topics are covered: Meeting children’s nutritional needs; Meeting children’s rest and sleep needs; Maintaining appropriate hygiene procedures; Exploring consequences as a result of the failure to meet appropriate hygiene procedures; Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses; Informing parents of illness and documenting illness; and Maintaining a safe and secure environment.
The following topics are covered: Types of play and their importance in relation to development & age; Observation and planning; Every Child Matters and Birth to Three Matters Framework; The Early Years Foundation Stage; Available resources in relation to health and safety and diversity and inclusion.
The following topics are covered: Stages of behaviour in children; Encouraging appropriate behaviour; Informing parents of inappropriate behaviour and its documentation; and Behaviour attributed to specific special needs.
The following topics are covered: The main types of child abuse; Signs and symptoms of child abuse; Documentation relating to confidentiality & reporting and recording incidents of child abuse; Contacting professionals in the case of child abuse; Procedures to follow in the case of child abuse; and Sources of support.
The following topics are covered: Childminders’ legislation; Legal responsibilities of the childminder; Procedures for admission and collection; Legal implications of childminding; and Policies and procedures to meet OFSTED requirements.
The following topics are covered: Working in partnership with parents and other professionals; Accessing childminding services; The childminder’s responsibilities for building positive relations with parents and other professionals in relation to confidentiality & complaints; and documentation procedures.
The following topics are covered: Explore the contacts for support for the childminding service.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course, so students can sign up providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 3 standard.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can start this course at any time, and you would be registered for a one-year period. You also have access to a personal tutor who can be contacted by email. Your tutor is available to assist with any queries and to mark your assignments for the Awarding Body.

As the course is self-study, you can complete it as quickly as you like. Support extensions are available if students do not complete the course within the one-year period.

Course Format & Delivery

This course is supplied as hard copy paper-based materials. You will receive an A4 ring bound course folder which will include all of your course notes and assignments and there is a separate study guide which should be read before starting the course and explains about support, the required format of assignments and how to submit assignments for assessment. We find this format works well for this particular course as you don't have to be on a computer to work through the notes and you get to keep the course materials after you have completed your study if you need to refer back to them.

We do also offer the option of an online version of the course notes which can be purchased for an additional £36.00 for learners who prefer computer-based learning or are travelling and need access to their course notes. This option is available at the checkout when ordering the course.

The hard-copy course materials are dispatched using a next working day courier service where available and the online course notes are usually issued within 24 hours of processing an application.

If learners would prefer an online only version of the course notes then please contact us for information on how to order this.


You will be assessed on TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments). Most TMAs consists of short paragraph answers, although some TMAs may have a specific word count. The main criteria to pass as assignment is to prove to the tutor that you have fully understood the question and have answered it sufficiently.

If the assignment is not of the required level or needs an amendment it will be detailed in your tutor feedback so you can make any required changes. The course tutor will be happy to give guidance as to how you might improve you answers. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.

QLS Course Endorsement

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive a QLS Level 3 Endorsed Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Kendal Publishing has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

You can find more information on level descriptors from our Certification Overview Page.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

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