NCFE Level 3 Work in
Home Based Childcare

This is the perfect course to become a home-based child carer. You don’t need any previous experience to join this NCFE accredited course, making it easy to start today and learn from home. This course is OFQUAL regulated, NCFE accredited and fully recognised.

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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. It is also suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home childcarers (eg nannies, au pairs).

Who is this course suitable for?

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

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A fully recognised qualification

We know it’s no easy task when deciding which Early Years course to enrol on. There are plenty of choices out there, so we’ve done our utmost to provide you with the best syllabus you will find anywhere. There is a huge demand for Home Based Child Care around the country, and many thousands of applicants for these positions. To work in the Early Years sector, you must first undergo government-regulated training to ensure you are familiar with working with children and how to support them. This is the ideal course to start your new Child Care career!



The latest 2024 RQF syllabus included

This course follows the latest Early Years guidelines, with up-to-date information. You don’t need to be working in a nursery for this course. This is a knowledge-only qualification. Experience in the real work environment is not required

Preparing to work as a home based childcarer
RQF Unit Reference H/506/4745
Unit Level 3
Guided Learning 43 hours
Credit Value 5

This unit will provide you with an understanding of how to work as a home-based childcarer.

This unit explores:

Current legislation and regulation in relation to home-based childcare.

How to establish a safe and healthy home-based childcare
environment for children.

How to support the safeguarding, protection
and welfare of children.

How to promote equality, diversity and

How day-to-day care routines promote children’s well-being.

How to work in partnership to support children’s outcomes.

Understand children’s learning and behaviour in relation to sequence, rate and stage of development.

Understand the value of play in promoting children’s learning and development.

Understand the role of observation in promoting children’s learning and

Preparing to set up a home based childcare business
RQF Unit Reference K/506/4746
Unit Level 3
Guided Learning 7 hours
Credit Value 1

This unit will prepare you to set up a home-based childcare business.

This unit explores:

Understand how to lead and manage a home-based childcare setting.

Understand how to comply with financial and taxation requirements when setting
up a home-based childcare

Understand how to create a
business plan.

Understand how to register with the appropriate
regulatory body.

Course entry requirements

You don’t need any previous qualifications or have to be working in a nursery for this Level 3 course. You will be taught the full level 3 Award syllabus once enrolled.

  • No formal qualifications are required.
  • No work placement is required.
  • You must be over 16 years of age.
  • Enrolments are open all year.

Course Delivery – instant access to your course

Receive immediate access to your course as soon as you enrol.

Home study course – enrol at anytime

This is a home study course meaning there’s no need to come to the college. There’s no mention of home study on your certificate, and as it’s a government-regulated qualification, you’re guaranteed your certificate is fully accepted and recognised by all.

Your Course Materials – paper or online study

You’ll be given instant online access to your course. You can also have your course delivered as paper handbooks if you prefer.

The enrolment fee includes your NCFE certificate, course materials and full tutor support.

A genuine government certificate from NCFE & OFQUAL

Study with us, and you will gain exactly the same government-accredited qualification and certificates as a local college.

Upon course completion, you will receive a government-regulated NCFE Level 3 RQF certificate that’s fully recognised & accepted by all Early Years settings. There’s no mention of distance learning or home study anywhere on the certificate, and we guarantee it’s the same qualification as all attendance-based colleges provide.

NCFE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education

( RQF’s have now replaced the old NVQ & QCF qualifications )

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