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Child Minding Course

Our CACHE Child Minding Course Level 3 - Understand How to Set Up a Home-Based Childcare Service (CYPOP5) unit. It will prepare you to work as home based child carers -nannies/childminders.  It is also ideal for those childminders who are looking towards setting up their own business as it covers business start-up.

About Child Minding

As well as learning relevant aspects of childcare, this course also supports the development of policies and procedures relevant to registration and the basic business skills needed to set up a home based child care service.

The course can also form part of the full CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Children's and Young People's Workforce should you wish to progress onto this.

Please note: You will require access to the internet to complete this course. 


Unit 1: Understand how to set up a home based childcare service. 

1.1. Outline the current legislation covering home based childcare, and the role of regulatory bodies.

1.2. Develop policies and procedures for:

  • accidents, illness and emergencies
  • behaviour
  • safeguarding
  • equal opportunities
  • and explain how these will be implemented.

1.3. Explain the importance of confidentiality and data protection.

1.4.Develop a marketing plan for own home based childcare service

1.5. Demonstrate financial planning for own home based service.

1.6. Identify sources of support and information for the setting up and running of your home based childcare business.

Unit 2: Understand how to establish a safe and healthy home based environment for children.

2.1 .Explain the key components of a healthy and safe home based environment.

2.2. Explain the principles of safe supervision of children in the home based setting and off site.

2.3. Identify ways of ensuring that equipment is suitable for children and meets safety requirements.

2.4. Know where to obtain current guidance on health and safety risk assessment of the home based work setting.

2.5. Explain how to store and administer medicines.

Unit 3: Understand the importance of partnerships with parents for all aspects of the home based childcare service.

3.1. Explain the importance of partnership with parents for all aspects of the child care service

3.2. Describe how partnership with parents are set up and maintained.

Unit 4: Understand the principles of development of routines for home based child care.

4.1. Explain how routines are based on:

  • meeting a child’s needs
  • agreements with parents
  • participation of children.

4.2. Explain how they would adapt routines to meet the needs of children at different ages and stages of development.

4.3. Explain how they ensure that each child is welcomed and valued in the home based work setting.

Unit 5: Understand how to provide play and other activities for children in home based settings that will support equality and inclusion. 

5.1. Explain the importance of play to children’s learning and development and the need for an inclusive approach.

5.2. Plan a challenging and enjoyable learning environment in the home that includes using everyday domestic routines and household items.

5.3. Explain what can be learned about children by observing them at play.

5.4. Identify how and why it is important that children receive equal treatment and access, based on their individual needs and acknowledging their rights.

5.5. Compare how other resources available for children support their play.

Unit 6: Understand how home based child carers can support the safeguarding of children in their care 

6.1. Explain the concept of safeguarding and the duty of care that applies to all practitioners.

6.2. Outline the possible signs, symptoms, indicators and behaviours that may cause concern in the context of safeguarding.

6.3. Outline regulatory requirements for safeguarding children that affect home based childcare.

6.4. Explain the procedures that need to be followed by lone workers in home based settings when harm or abuse are suspected or alleged, either against them or third parties.

Unit 7: Understand the principles of supporting positive behaviour in home based childcare settings. 

7.1. Describe typical behaviours exhibited by children linked to their stage of development and key events in their lives.

7.2. Explain how ground rules for behaviour and expectations are developed and implemented.


Qualification: CACHE Level 3. Understand How to Set Up a Home-Based Childcare Service

On completion of this course you will receive the CACHE 3 Unit Certificate for Understand How to Set Up a Home-Based Childcare Service (CYPOP5).

CACHE is the UK's only specialist awarding organisation for the children and adult care sectors. CACHE continue to develop the most up to date and relevant qualifications for the new QCF and work closely with Sector Skills Councils to ensure the highest level of quality and a cutting-edge service to their customers, our learners, and the sector.





Advantages of this distance learning course:
  • Home Study: you declare when you study, no need to attend class at fixed times and fixed dates. Your study hours fit around you!
  • We will post all the beautifully printed course materials to you. Everything is written in a clear and easy-to-understand format.
  • Start this course anytime of the year! No need to wait until the new academic year starts. Enroll today so soon you'll start improving your CV or re-skill for your new career.
  • Create your own study routine, learn at your own pace, complete your course as quickly or slowly as your circumstance dictate.
  • Your home learning is totally supported by experienced tutors who guide, encourage and assess your progress. You will not be alone because all our tutors are friendly and approachable.


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