The Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (QCF) - Level 3 Award CACHE 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).

On successful completion on this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 QCF Award Qualification with 6 Credits.

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.

The course covers the following mandatory units:-

Unit 1 (H/506/4745):Preparing to work as a home based childcarer

  • 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
  • Section 6: Understand how to work in partnership to support children’s outcomes

Unit 2 (K/506/4746): Preparing to set up a home based childcare business

  • 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
  • Section 4: Understand how to register with the appropriate regulatory body

Prerequisites:

There are no particular entry requirements to start studying.

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.

Assessment:

The course contains a number of tutor marked assignments. Your tutor will mark these and give you valuable feedback. Assignments need to be returned by email. Postal assignments can be accepted but only after first arranging permission from your tutor.

Qualification:

On successful completion of this course students will be awarded a Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare qualification issued by CACHE. This qualification has been accredited on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF Qualification No: 601/3527/X). This is a Level 3 Award Qualification and has 6 Credits.

Please Note: An additional registration fee of £32.00 is due within four weeks of enrolment if you wish to receive your CACHE Certificate on successful completion of your course.

You can find further information on qualifications and their levels on the Ofqual Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors page.

Further information about Ofqual's Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found on the Ofqual Website and a direct link to this information is displayed on the course pages of our website.

What is CACHE?

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas. For further information, go to: http://www.cache.org.uk. Please note that although you are purchasing this course from Distance Learning Centre, the delivery, assessment and quality assurance will be carried out by UKDLP who are an approved CACHE centre for assessment and certification.

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