About the Course

Childminders provide childcare and early education in their home, caring for small cohorts of children spanning various ages and backgrounds.

The standards for childminders are predominantly established by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills), the government agency tasked with overseeing and supervising services dedicated to the well-being of children and young individuals. Ofsted establishes guidelines and rules that childminders are obliged to adhere to, ensuring the safety, welfare, and appropriate growth of the children under their supervision.  Our course readies you to meet Ofsted’s guidelines. 

Duration: The course should take around 60 hours to complete.

Entry requirements:

  • An appropriate level of literacy
  • To have regular access to a computer and the internet
  • To be able to access the internet, send and receive emails with attachments, and produce written work using Microsoft Word (pdfs also accepted)

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Homebased Childcare Full Fee

Pay in full (with a £10 discount)


Homebased Childcare Instalments

Pay in instalments, 6 x £49


Homebased Childcare Full Fee Euro

Pay in full (with a E10 discount)


Homebased Childcare Instalments Euro

Pay in instalments, 6 x E59



Course Delivery

Begin at your convenience and progress at your own pace. Our course follows a self-study approach, providing access to a range of e-learning resources such as:

Course Content

Unit 1 Preparing to work as a home based childcarer

Unit 1 provides learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home based childcare setting:

  • legislation and regulation relating to home based childcare
  • safeguarding and child protection
  • health and safety in a home based childcare environment
  • promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
  • day-to-day care routines for children
  • working in partnership
  • children’s learning and development
  • play
  • the role of observation

Unit 2 Preparing to set up a home based childcare business

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

  • leading and managing a home based childcare setting
  • financial and taxation requirements when setting up a home based childcare setting
  • creating a business plan
  • registration requirements for home based childcarers


Full fee  £294

 Instalment plan – p 6 monthly payments of £49 per month, with zero interest added!

And if you pay the full fee upfront, receive a £10 discount!


Written assignments

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

FREE access to Expert Seminar CPDs

As part of our commitment to continuous learning and professional development, we extend an invitation to all current and former learners of our Home Based Childcare Level 3 Award Programme to join our exclusive Expert Seminars. These seminars are online training webinars led by industry experts in various relevant fields.

By attending these seminars, participants have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, gain insights from experienced professionals, and stay up-to-date with the latest advancements in the field. Additionally, upon completion of each seminar, attendees receive a certificate of attendance, recognizing their participation and commitment to ongoing education.

As part of a new pilot scheme aimed at boosting the number of childminders in the UK, individuals who begin working as childminders will be eligible to receive an incentive payment of £600, if registered with Ofsted and £1200 if registered through a childminding agency. To find out more, watch our video.