CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare

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Who is the CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare Course Suitable For?

This CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare course is designed for students who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home childcarers (e.g. nannies, au pairs). It teaches the necessary requirements for setting up a childcare business in a home setting and gives Cache certification which is fully accredited by Ofsted and required by childminders and au pairs in various local authorities.

The CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (QCF) 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.

Childcare is a competitive industry. Nationally recognised qualifications are essential to employers when recruiting new childcare professionals.

Why Study a CACHE Course?

CACHE are the UK’s leading awarding body in the care and education sectors. CACHE courses are seen as an industry standard and many employers specifically request Cache certifications when recruiting new employees.

Adding a cache qualification to your CV will greatly broaden your career prospects and significantly improve your earning potential with current or future employers.

So if you're looking to kick-start or boost your career in child care, the education industry or in health and social care then a CACHE qualification is perfect for you! 


To gain the full CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare you will need to submit, and pass, 13 tutor marked assignments.  There are nine assignments for Unit 1 and four assignments for Unit 2.

There is no formal exam and the certification fee is included in the course fees.



All of our students are given access to our online campus through their own personal login and password. Once logged in you can access your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments in your own time. Assignments are uploaded through your account and the process is easy intuitive. Our online campus includes:

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What's Included in the CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare Course?

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Course Duration

50 Hours

12 Months Unlimited Access

Each student will have 12 months unlimited access to allow you to have access to the training anytime 24/7. You can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Upon completion of this qualification, students are awarded a CACHE Level 4 Certificate for the Advanced Practitioner in Schools and Colleges. All certification fees are included in your course fees.

Course Content

This CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare course assesses the following criteria:

Unit 1

  • Understand current legislation and regulation in relation to home-based childcare
  • Understand how to establish a safe and healthy home-based childcare environment for children
  • Understand how to support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children
  • Understand how to promote equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Understand how day to day care routines promote children’s well-being
  • Understand how to work in partnership to support children’s outcomes
  • Understand children’s learning and behaviour in relation to sequence, rate and stage of development
  • Understand the value of play in promoting children’s learning and development
  • Understand the role of observation in promoting children’s learning and development

Unit 2

  • Understand how to lead and manage a home-based childcare setting
  • Understand how to comply with financial and taxation requirements when setting up a home-based childcare setting
  • Understand how to create a business plan
  • Understand how to register with the appropriate regulatory body.

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Assessment / Exam

There are no formal examinations on this course and the certification fee is included in the course fees.

To pass this course learners must pass 13 assignments. These are completed after navigating through the corresponding lessons and writing your answers to assignment questions. Once these have been read and marked by your personal tutor, feedback and marks are provided to students which contain helpful tips to improve work in future assignments.

CACHE Level 3 Qualification 

This is a knowledge only qualification. Experience in the real work environment is not required and the entire course is completed online. Please note that this is a knowledge only Level 3 qualification and does not require any practical assessments. The course gives a foundation for the level 3 practitioner but not a license to practice.Learners are required to pass 12 assignments in order to gain the CACHE Level 3 Award in Childcare and Education (VRQ).

UCAS Information 

UCAS points have been allocated to this qualification. The number of UCAS points earned will depend on your final grade.


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What Support Will I Receive During My Course?

We offer help and support every step of the way. You’ll be assigned a dedicated tutor who you can contact via our state-of-the-art e-learning platform.

Your tutor will guide you and answer any queries you may have during your studies with us. Your tutor will mark all your assignments and provide detailed feedback with pointers and advice on areas to improve if required.

We strongly advise all our learners to take full advantage of their tutor’s expertise, to ensure they get the most out of the course. Our students graduate at an ‘industry-ready’ standard, and with the skill set and knowledge required to be a successful professional.

Prerequisites to Attend

There are no prerequisites to study the CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare course.

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