Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

The Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

This qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting as a registered childminder.

The areas covered in this qualification include:

Mandatory Unit

  • Preparing to Work as a Home Based Child carer

1 Optional Unit

  • Preparing to Set Up a Home Based Childcare Business


  • Exploring the Role of the Nanny

Course Information

Learners must be at least 16 years old

This qualification has been developed for completion at the learner's own pace and at Tutor discretion, however we anticipate that it shouldn’t take more than 3 months in total to complete.

This is a knowledge-only qualification; therefore, no placement in a real work environment is required.

Although it does not provide direct progression, the subjects covered in this Award make a useful introduction to our Early Years Educator qualifications.

A paediatric first aid qualification is a requirement of registration for childminders. Learners may wish to consider the Level 3 Award in Paediatric First Aid.

Which type of job roles can you apply for on completion?

    • Registered childminders

    • Childminding assistants

    • Nannies

    • Au pairs

    • Other child carers in home based settings.

NCFE CACHE (Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education)

£249.00 including VAT

Included within this price:

  • Support throughout the completion of the course, registration and completion certificate.
  • Support from ex childminders who have had a number of years' experience in the field.
  • Support with the preparation for registration inspection.
  • Ability to undertake other early years qualifications that can be funded to ensure that all levels of funding can be obtained through your local authority (for example:  2-year funding).
  • Can be completed online including access to face-to-face support, with practical hands-on tasks to support the startup of your business.
  • Access to network meetings
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