The Child Care Home Practitioners – 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.

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

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.

The Home Study Courses Include the Following Units:-
  • Unit 1 - The Key Factors of Child Development & Developmental Needs of Children 0-8 Years (Inclusive of Individual & Special Needs)

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.

  • Unit 2 – Diversity & Inclusion Issues Within the Childminding Environment

The following topics are covered Policies to meet diversity within the childminding setting; Inclusion within the childminding setting; and Effects of discrimination.

  • Unit 3 – Providing for Children’s Physical Needs, Inclusive of Health & Safety

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.

  • Unit 4 – Learning Through Play for Child Development

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.

  • Unit 5 – Behaviour Management

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.

  • Unit 6 – Child Abuse

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.

  • Unit 7 – The Legal Responsibilities of the Childminder

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.

  • Unit 8 – Promoting Positive Working Relationships

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.

  • Unit 9 – The Statutory, Voluntary & Private Support Available for Childminders

The following topics are covered: Explore the contacts for support for the childminding service.


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.


At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards 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.

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

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. ABC Awards & Certa Awards 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.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

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

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