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NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare – Childminder Route

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If you have always wanted to work with younger children but want the flexibility that allows you to work from your own home, this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare - Childminder Route will allow you to become a childminder.

  • Fully accredited and recognised CACHE childminding qualification.
  • Qualification developed in collaboration with PACEY.
  • Work towards a career as a registered childminder with this NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare - Childminder Route.
  • Study from home at your own pace.
  • No placement required to complete course.
  • FREE access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years when you enrol on your course.

Course overview

Childminders offer professional childcare within a home setting, normally their own. They provide play-based activities that should encourage a child’s learning and development.

This NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare – Childminder Route qualification prepares learners to work in a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder. The course has been developed in collaboration with PACEY (Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years).

You’ll learn how to create a safe and healthy childcare environment, support the safeguarding and welfare of children in your care and manage a home-based childcare setting.

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Course Outcome

You will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare - Childminder Route.

Entry Requirements

No prior experience or qualifications are required to enrol on this course. You must be at least 16 years old to enrol.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content

Qualification number: 603/3642/0

Extra info


You will be assessed by handing in assignments to your tutor for marking. You will need to complete two tutor-marked assignments. No external examinations are required, so your course can be fully completed from home.

Course duration

Your course should take around 50 hours to complete and you have one full year to complete your course. You will receive a full year to complete the course, which is a lot more time than you will need. This allows you to work at your own pace, without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study method

You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to take control of your studies. You can study at your own pace from a place that suits you. All your learning materials will be posted or emailed to you online, depending on the learning method you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only ever a click away.

Course outcome

Once you have successfully completed your assignments and this course, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare – Childminder Route. A certificate will be provided to you as recognition of your achievement.

Who are CACHE?

The Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE) are the UK’s leading provider of vocational qualifications for those working within care and education. CACHE qualifications are recognised across the education and care industries and they are amongst the most well-known and respected qualifications.

Our range of CACHE vocational qualifications are suitable for individuals involved in early years, education, childcare, and health and social care. All courses lead to a nationally recognised Ofqual regulated qualification and are accredited on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

CACHE works closely with employers and learners to ensure that learners have a progression route whether it’s into further study, a career, or university. These qualifications have helped millions of people obtain the skills and knowledge they need to meet the professional standards required in the care, education, and health industries.

Job opportunities

Once you have completed this course and achieved your qualification, you will be able to register as a childminder. You must also have your Level 3 Paediatric First Aid to be able to register officially.

This qualification will allow you to become:

  • Registered childminder
  • Childminding assistant
  • Other childcare role in a home-based setting

Further studies

The topics covered in this award make for a useful introduction to our NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce award. Although it does not provide a direct progression route, it covers relevant subjects within this course.


CACHE Alumni membership

Once you have enrolled on your CACHE course, you will have access to the CACHE Alumni membership for two years. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the care, health, and education industries, providing valuable resources and advice for your studies when working towards/with a CACHE qualification.


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