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.
  • 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.
  • Study safeguarding, children’s development and the 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 NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Home Based Childcare – Childminder Route course will prepare students to set up their own home-based childcare setting.

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

Course Duration

Up to one year.

Study Hours

Up to 50 hours.

Course Outcome

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

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


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.

There is no external examination 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. 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 access to 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 – Childminder Route.

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 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

Once you have completed this childminding qualification, we can put you in touch with our partners who will support you in setting up your own childminding business and ensuring it is a success.


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.



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