NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award home-based childcare

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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.



Who is it suitable for?

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

How is this qualification structured?

In order to achieve the Level 3 Award, learners must achieve 6 credits in total.

5 credits from the mandatory unit ‘Preparing to work as a home-based childcarer’ and a 1 credit from the ‘Preparing to set up a home-based childcare business’ unit.

How is it assessed?

This qualification will be internally assessed. Types of assessment include a portfolio of evidence, written assignments or a task.

Do you need to be working to enrol on this qualification?

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

You will be required to complete written tasks regularly, creating evidence to upload to an online portfolio. You will be supported by an assessor who will set weekly tasks to complete, mark and feedback on your work. It is important that you meet the deadlines set by your assessor in order to complete within the allocated time frame.

What are the entry requirements?

Learners should be at least 16 years of age and meet the entry criteria below:

  • To be in a position to carry out three to four hours of study per week
  • To have the appropriate level of literacy
  • To have regular access to a computer which will allow you to access the online portfolio system
  • To be able to surf the internet, send and receive emails with attachments, complete written work using a computer (with Microsoft Word) and be generally IT literate.
How long will it take?

Approximately 4-6 months. Learners will be enrolled for 6 months.

How much does it cost?

Full cost course fee: £295

Please contact the Training Centre for details of course fees, funding eligibility and individual advice and guidance.

How will the training be delivered?

This course will be delivered via distance learning, this mode of study will stretch you as you need to be self-motivated and work against the pressures of studying independently.


This award is an ideal introduction to childminding, however we would advise you to contact your Local Authority and Ofsted to clarify what is required in your local area in the way of qualification and training, should you be intending on setting up a home-based childminding service.

To register your interest and start the application process, please complete the online form below or contact our Training Centre.

Early Years Alliance Training Centre

01732 363070

1st Floor, Bridge House, 97-101 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1DR


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