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Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare - CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Course

Course Format:Online Course (With Optional Paper-Based Course Notes)
Self-Study Time:Approximately 80 Hours (Self-Study)
Delivery Time:2-3 Working Days (Email)
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Course Description

The Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare - CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Course teaches students about the necessary requirements for setting up a childcare business. The course is suited for those preparing to set up a home based childcare setting as a registered childminder or those who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as child minding assistant or other home child carers (e.g. nannies, au pairs).

The qualification has been developed in partnership with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

The course is split into 2 units and students must gain passes in both units to gain the qualification. Assessment questions are set at the end of each unit.

Unit 1 provides learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home based childcare setting. It covers subject areas such as: legislation and regulation relating to home based childcare; safeguarding and child protection; health and safety in a home based childcare environment; promoting equality, diversity and inclusion; day to day care routines for children; working in partnership; children’s learning and development; play; and the role of observation.

Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. It covers: leading and managing a home based childcare setting; financial and taxation requirements when setting up a home based childcare setting; creating a business plan; and registration requirements for home based childcarers.

On successful completion on this course students will receive a CACHE Level 3 Award Qualification with 6 Credits.

Course Format & Delivery

You will receive access to the course materials through an online portal for a 12-month period. Students can use the portal for accessing their course materials, submitting assignments and to log tutor questions.

Please Note: An optional hard-copy book version of the course notes can also be purchased for £48.00.

This is handy if learners also want to work away from the computer and means they have course notes they can keep and refer back to beyond their online course license.

Delivery of the hard-copy materiuals is usually within 5 to 10 day working days.

The Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare - CACHE Level 3 Award (RQF) Course Includes the Following Units:
Section 1: Understand current legislation and regulation in relation to home based childcare; Section 2: Understand how to establish a safe and healthy home based childcare environment for children; Section 3: Understand how to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children; Section 4: Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion; Section 5: Understand how day-to-day care routines promote children’s well-being and Section 6: Understand how to work in partnership to support children’s outcomes
Section 1: Understand how to lead and manage a home based childcare setting; Section 2: Understand how to comply with financial and taxation requirements when setting up a home based childcare setting; Section 3: Understand how to create a business plan; and Section 4: Understand how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

There are no particular entry requirements for this course.

Students can enrol providing they are comfortable studying at a Level 2 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.


The course is assessed by a series of written assignments, which are submitted to and marked by your course tutor. There is no external examination required.

CACHE Qualification

The Qualification is gained from your coursework so there is no exam to complete. On successful completion, students will gain a Level 3 Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare Qualification issued by CACHE.

This qualification has been accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF Qualification No: 601/3527/X). This is a Level 3 Award Qualification and has 6 credits.

Information on level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual's level descriptors page.

CACHE are a national awarding body who offer high-quality qualifications for the care and education industry, making them the UK’s leading sector specialist. Established in 1945 by the Ministry of Health under the name of the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB). In 1994 the NNEB merged with the Council for Early Years Awards to form CACHE. They offer a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. This course is purchased through Distance Learning Centre, a partner of O-S-C. The delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by O-S-C who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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