Setting Up A Home Based Childcare Service (Level 3 Unit)

Accredited course - interview required.

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 335 Conc £No conc. Full £431

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Saturday 10:00 - 15:30 7 MAC 02/11/2019 14/12/2019 CC1077

What will the course cover?

This qualification prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting. It is also suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home childcarers (e.g. nannies, au pairs). The qualification has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY). Unit 1 provides learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home based childcare setting whilst Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business.

Who is the course for?

The qualification is suitable for learners wishing to work as: childminders; childminding assistants; nannies; au pairs; other childcarers in home based settings.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

We recommend you have a minimum Level 2 childcare qualification, and if not currently working in childcare setting, you will benefit from volunteering in a nursery setting.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Understand the stages of development from birth to 16; Understand transition, types of transition and how to prepare children for transition; Safeguarding; Policies and legislation; Business planning and registering; How to register as a child minder or a nanny/au pair; Planning play activities; Planning and providing healthy meals; Equality and diversity.

How is the course organised?

Class attendance and 1-1 Tutorial sessions.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

To gain the maximum benefit, you should read recommended books and websites, and practice the topics covered during the class each week – the more you practice, the faster your skills will improve. Computer access is available at Study Support sessions at Macbeth centre, or at your local library.

How will my progress be assessed?

Informal feedback but tasks will help you decide what else you need to learn or practise. The tutor may provide homework or specific tasks to assess your progress. There will be regular opportunities to review your progress through the class. Internal assessment approach: work-based portfolio of evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with Internal assessment approach: work-based portfolio of evidence arranged to reflect application of theoretical knowledge in practice with clear expectations of engagement with statutory frameworks.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Set up own childminding business; Progress to achieve the Level 3 Early Years Practitioner qualification.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

A pen and notebook, a file folder to store handouts, and a USB key if you want to take your work home with you (your tutor can give you advice on purchasing USB keys).

What support is available?

You may wish to get additional help and guidance offered through the free Study Support Sessions at the Macbeth Centre. At these sessions you can access the internet, work on and print homework and assignments for your course, research, access a range of software, improve your typing and practice/review what you have covered in class. You will need to book a place on these sessions – ask your tutor how. Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you have a disability and feel you need support to get the best from your course you can contact Sean Buckley ( to have a confidential discussion on how best we can support your learning. The Learner Support Fund is a discretionary scheme, funded by the Skills Funding Agency, to assist learners who may be experiencing difficulties in paying for essential equipment/materials, travel costs, childcare, registration fees and other necessary expenses. These funds are only available to learners studying towards an approved qualification and who are on a low household income of under £20,000. Parental income will not be taken into consideration but the income of any spouse or partner will. Proof of low income will be required. Please discuss this with your tutor at interview or enquire at reception for full details of these funds. Details of all available support can be found on our website (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or reception staff.