1Course Overview

Child Care Home Practitioners Level 3

Course code: SH022

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Study how to provide high-quality child care within a home environment.

  • Learn about all elements of child care, including child development, diversity issues and providing the correct care environment for a child
  • Explore the legislation surrounding child care, and the legal responsibilities of a child carer.
  • Child Care Home Practitioners can earn up to £25,000 once fully qualified

This course will allow you to study the convenient way! You decide when and where you learn, at your own pace. Your coursework can be submitted by either post or email, making it easy and hassle-free.

All your course materials will be delivered to you by post, so it couldn’t be simpler. Our experienced and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way by email, so help is only a click away!

Start your journey and develop your skills and knowledge today and join over 75,000 students that already have!

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2Course Content

Course Content

Unit 1: The key factors of child development and developmental needs of children 0-8 years
  • The main development of a child from birth to 8 years
  • Social, economic and environmental factors influencing development
  • Genetic and hereditary factors affecting development
  • Childrens overall development needs
  • Defining special needs
  • Supporting children with special needs
  • Key transitions
  • Supporting children through transitions
Unit 2: Diversity and inclusion issues within the child-minding environment
  • Policies to meet diversity within the child-minding setting
  • Inclusion within the child-minding setting
  • Effects of discrimination
Unit 3: Providing for childrens physical needs, inclusive of health and safety
  • Meeting childrens nutritional needs
  • Meeting childrens rest and sleep needs
  • Maintaining appropriate hygiene procedures
  • Exploring consequences as a result of the failure to meet appropriate hygiene procedures
  • Signs and symptoms of common childhood illnesses
  • Informing parents of illness and documenting illness
  • Maintaining a safe and secure environment
Unit 4: Learning through play for child development
  • Types of play and their importance in relation to development and age
  • Observation and planning
  • Every Child Matters and Birth to Three Matters Framework
  • The Early Years Foundation Stage
  • Available resources in relation to Health and Safety, Diversity and Inclusion
Unit 5: Behaviour Management
  • Stages of behaviour in children
  • Encouraging appropriate behaviour
  • Informing parents of inappropriate behaviour and its documentation
  • Behaviour attributed to specific special needs
Unit 6: Child Abuse
  • The main types of child abuse
  • Signs and symptoms of child abuse
  • Documentation relating to:
    • (a) Confidentiality
    • (b) Reporting and recording incidents of child abuse
  • Contacting professionals in the case of child abuse
  • Procedures to follow in the case of child abuse
  • Sources of support
Unit 7: The legal responsibilities of the child-minder
  • Child-minders legislation
  • Legal responsibilities of the child-minder
  • Procedures for admission and collection
  • Legal implications of child-minding
  • Policies and procedures to meet OFSTED requirements
Unit 8: Promoting positive working relationships
  • Working in partnership with parents and other professionals
  • Accessing child-minding services
  • The child-minders responsibilities for building positive relations with parents and other professionals in relation to confidentiality, complaints and documentation procedures
Unit 9: The statutory, voluntary and private support available for child-minders
  • Explore the contacts for support for the child-minding service
3Other Information


The home learning Child Care course assessment takes the form of a series of written assignments, which are submitted and marked by your tutor. There is no external examination required.

Course Duration

You can start at any time and plan your studies over a period of up to one year from the time of registration. This is a lot more time than you need so that you can study at your own pace without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

The course is designed for study by distance learning at home or at work. Students receive a course manual, assignments and study guide plus tutor support by mail or email.

Course Outcomes

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and Certa Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards and Certa Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Open Study College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner. 

The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards & Certa Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise combined with a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards and Certa Awards also offer regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales


Your Questions Answered

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Comprehensive study guide
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter
  • Student study planner
  • Student notebook
  • FREE CV writing service
Do I have to sit an exam?

No. We will issue certification based on your coursework alone.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the price!

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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The total course fee includes a loan arrangement fee. Your initial deposit payment will be used towards this fee, any remaining fee balance will be added the loan amount.

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Our finance option is provided in partnership with AffordItNow.
For your finance application to be considered you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Be employed for at least 16 hours a week or retired and in receipt of a private or company pension. Certain state benefit schemes may also be considered.
  • Be a permanent UK resident with a 3 year address history
  • Have a good credit history with no late payments, debt relief orders or bankruptcies
  • Have a valid email address and can access it

Please note that meeting the above criteria does not guarantee finance acceptance.

Open Study College, 6140 Knights Court, Birmingham Business Park, Birmingham B37 7WY is a licensed credit broker, authorised and regulated by The Financial Conduct Authority (licence number 724179 with FCA).