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Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 (RQF)

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  • 2 units
  • 50 guided learning hours
Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 (RQF)

The childcare industry is already a major employer of women and this childminders course provides huge opportunity for female entrepreneurs to start up and run their own businesses.

So if you love looking after children and love to be around them, then starting a home based childcare business could be a great choice for you. A childcare business can be emotionally rewarding, fun and financially lucrative.

The Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 RQF (601/3527/X) is the qualification that allows you to set up a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder; this could also include roles such as a nanny, au pair or childminding assistant.

The qualification has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

Overview of the course

Unit 1 will provide 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 environment
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Day to day care routines for children
  • Children’s learning and development

Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. It covers:

  • How to start a home based childcare setting
  • Leading and managing a home based childcare setting
  • Financial and taxation requirements
  • Create a childminding business plan
  • Registration requirements for home based child carers.

Do I need to have access to practical placement in order to complete this course?

This is a knowledge-only qualification and so no placement in a real work environment is required.

How long does it take to complete?

It is possible to complete this qualification in 2 weeks (full time). Learners should be at least 16 years old; we do not set any other entry requirements.

What can I do once I have successfully completed the Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 course?

The qualification is suitable for learners wishing to work as:

  • Registered childminders
  • childminding assistants
  • nannies
  • au pairs
  • other child carers in home based settings

What related qualifications can you progress to?

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

What are the average salaries for childminding positions?

Nursery Worker Income

The starting salary for junior or trainee nursery workers is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age. Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.

Playworker salary

Full-time playworkers can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Managerial staff can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

Becoming a childminder

The National Childminding Association (now Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) Membership Survey 2012 reported that fees charged by childminders ranged from £3.63 to £5.42 an hour for each child, depending on the area of the country.

All figures are intended as a guideline (source: National Careers Service website)

Home based Childcare business

You can set your own prices, but they are similar to childminders fees, which can range from £3 to £6 an hour per child.

The better qualified you are, the more experience and custom you are likely to get. The higher your level of responsibility - the higher your income is likely to be.

Qualification: CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (RQF)

On successful completion of our CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (RQF) course you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: (601/3527/X). This course has also been assigned 6 credits.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

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 CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

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.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit One: Preparing to work as a home based child carer (H/506/4745)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand current legislation and regulation in relation to home based childcare
  • Understand how to establish a safe and healthy home based childcare environment for children.
  • Understand how to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children.
  • Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Understand how day-to-day care routines promote children’s well-being.
  • Understand 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 development.

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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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 setting.
  • Understand how to create a business plan.
  • Understand how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £125.00)
Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 (RQF)

The childcare industry is already a major employer of women and this childminders course provides huge opportunity for female entrepreneurs to start up and run their own businesses.

So if you love looking after children and love to be around them, then starting a home based childcare business could be a great choice for you. A childcare business can be emotionally rewarding, fun and financially lucrative.

The Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 RQF (601/3527/X) is the qualification that allows you to set up a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder; this could also include roles such as a nanny, au pair or childminding assistant.

The qualification has been developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY).

Overview of the course

Unit 1 will provide 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 environment
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Day to day care routines for children
  • Children’s learning and development

Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. It covers:

  • How to start a home based childcare setting
  • Leading and managing a home based childcare setting
  • Financial and taxation requirements
  • Create a childminding business plan
  • Registration requirements for home based child carers.

Do I need to have access to practical placement in order to complete this course?

This is a knowledge-only qualification and so no placement in a real work environment is required.

How long does it take to complete?

It is possible to complete this qualification in 2 weeks (full time). Learners should be at least 16 years old; we do not set any other entry requirements.

What can I do once I have successfully completed the Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare CACHE Award Level 3 course?

The qualification is suitable for learners wishing to work as:

  • Registered childminders
  • childminding assistants
  • nannies
  • au pairs
  • other child carers in home based settings

What related qualifications can you progress to?

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

What are the average salaries for childminding positions?

Nursery Worker Income

The starting salary for junior or trainee nursery workers is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age. Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.

Playworker salary

Full-time playworkers can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Managerial staff can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

Becoming a childminder

The National Childminding Association (now Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) Membership Survey 2012 reported that fees charged by childminders ranged from £3.63 to £5.42 an hour for each child, depending on the area of the country.

All figures are intended as a guideline (source: National Careers Service website)

Home based Childcare business

You can set your own prices, but they are similar to childminders fees, which can range from £3 to £6 an hour per child.

The better qualified you are, the more experience and custom you are likely to get. The higher your level of responsibility - the higher your income is likely to be.

Qualification: CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (RQF)

On successful completion of our CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (RQF) course you will receive a qualification listed on the RQF at level 3 (Qualification Reference Number: (601/3527/X). This course has also been assigned 6 credits.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

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 CACHE from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

CACHE is an internationally recognised, specialist Awarding Organisation in the fields of Early Years, Care and Education, and Playwork. An Awarding Organisation is officially recognised and designated by the regulatory authorities to award qualifications in particular subject areas.

CACHE designs courses and qualifications in the care and education of children and young people. CACHE are the UK's only specialist Awarding Organisation to do this. CACHE's courses range from entry level to advanced qualifications for sector professionals.

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.

Please click here to visit the CACHE website.

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit One: Preparing to work as a home based child carer (H/506/4745)

On completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand current legislation and regulation in relation to home based childcare
  • Understand how to establish a safe and healthy home based childcare environment for children.
  • Understand how to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children.
  • Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Understand how day-to-day care routines promote children’s well-being.
  • Understand 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 development.

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

On completion of this unit you will:

  • 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 setting.
  • Understand how to create a business plan.
  • Understand how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £125.00)

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