The Complete Child Care - Level 3 Course is an ideal introduction to the world of Child Care. As any parent knows, the early years of a child's life are absolutely crucial in his or her future health and happiness.

Whether you simply wish to enjoy a rewarding career in childcare, or have ambitions to eventually run your own childcare business, this can provide the first step to a highly worthwhile and fulfilling career.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Please Note: This course alone will not give the qualification required to work in this sector. This course provides underpinning knowledge, but you would most likely require a QCF qualification with practical experience to work with children. If you are looking to gain a QCF Qualification then please review the courses on our website which have (QCF) within the course title.

The home study course is split into the following 10 Lessons:

  • Unit 1 - The Development of Children From Birth Through to Sixteen Years

The following topics are covered: The development of children from birth through to sixteen years 

  • Unit 2 - Parenting & Family Values

The following topics are covered: Family Life and how it has changed; The different styles of parenting; Exploring feelings and emotions; and A guide to social skills and manners.

  • Unit 3 - Keeping Children Safe, Indoors & Outdoors

The following topics are covered: Maintaining safety within the home; Maintaining safety in the garden; Child safety when on the move; and Maintaining appropriate hygiene procedures.

  • Unit 4 - Child Protection

The following topics are covered: Types, signs and symptoms of child abuse; Helping children to protect themselves against abuse; Procedures to follow in cases of child abuse; and Caring for children who have suffered abuse.

  • Unit 5 - Tackling Bullying

The following topics are covered: An overview of the bully; An overview of the victim; Recognising the different types of bullying; Understanding why bullying happens; and Dealing with incidents of bullying.

  • Unit 6 - Early Childhood Education

The following topics are covered: Personal, social and emotional development; Communication, language and literacy development; Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical development; and Creative development.

  • Unit 7 - Diet, Nutrition & Exercise

The following topics are covered: The principles of nutrition; The principles of exercise; Meal planning; Allergies and intolerances; and Catering for different diets.

  • Unit 8 - Working with Disabled Children & Their Families

The following topics are covered: Understanding disabilities in children; Definitions of impairment and disability; Inclusion of children with disabilities; Providing play and learning activities for disabled children; and Working with families of disabled children.

  • Unit 9 - Children's Rights & Anti-Discriminatory Practice

The following topics are covered: Exploring children's rights; Exploring anti-discriminatory practice; and Exploring the effects of discrimination.

  • Unit 10 - Working in Partnership with Parents

The following topics are covered: Exploring the different types of families; Working together to provide for children's development and well being; and Communication between the childcare practitioner, parents and school.


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

Students may register at any time and have a full year to complete their studies. You also have access to a personal tutor by mail or email for a 12 month period. As the course is self study you can complete in as little or as long a time as you prefer.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Complete Child Care Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. 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 difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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