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

Course code: OSC1370

If you have always wanted to work with younger children but want the flexibility that's allows you to work in a home setting, consider becoming a childminder.

  • Fully accredited and recognised CACHE childcare qualification
  • Qualification developed in collaboration with PACEY
  • Ideal route into becoming a registered childminder
  • Understand how to set up your own home-based childcare setting
  • Successful students can register to become a childminder
  • No placement required to complete course
  • Learn safeguarding, children’s development and role of observation
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.

Our CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare will prepare students to set up their own homebased childcare setting.

Learn the importance of play and how it affects a child’s learning development. Understand safeguarding and find out how to create your own business plan!

Course Duration

Up to 1 year

Study Hours

Up to 50 hours

Course Outcome

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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


Tutor-marked assignments.

Course content

Qualification number: 603/3642/0

  • Legislation and regulation in relation to home-based childcare
  • Establishing a safe and healthy home-based childcare environment for children
  • Supporting the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • How day-to-day care routines promote children’s well-being
  • Working in partnership to support children’s outcomes
  • Children’s, learning and behaviour in relation to sequence, rate and stage development
  • Value of play in a child’s learning and development
  • Role of observation in a child’s learning and development
  • Leading and managing a home-based childcare setting
  • Financial and taxation requirements
  • Planning and creating a business plan
  • Registering with the appropriate regulatory body
Extra info


You will be assessed by handing in assignments to your tutor for marking. You will need to complete two assignments.

There is no external examination required, so all your course can be completed from home.

Course Duration

Your course should take around 50 hours to complete but you have 1 full year to complete your course. During this time, you will have access to tutor support through email.

Study Method

As this is a knowledge-only qualification, you are not required to be on placement. Instead, you can study your course pretty much anywhere you like. Whether that’s curled up on your sofa or in your favourite coffee shop, as long as you have your course materials – you can study!

You will also receive tutor support through email, so help is only a click away.

Course Outcome

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will receive your NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare.

Awarding Body

CACHE (the Council of Awards in Care, Health and Education) are the UK’s leading awarding organisation for the childcare and social care sectors and are part of the RQF (Regulated Qualifications Framework) which ensures the highest level quality courses and industry recognised qualifications.

Job Opportunities

Once you have completed this course and receive your award, you will then 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 child carer in home-based setting


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, it covers relevant subjects within this course.


As this is a knowledge-based course, no placement is required for this course. You can complete it in your own time, from your own environment.

There are no formal requirements to enrol onto this course. However, you must be at least 16 years of age.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • FREE CACHE Alumni Membership for 2 years

Included in the study pack option:

  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Exclusive Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Document wallet

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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