CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare

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.

Study Time: 50 hours
Enrolment length: 4 months
Course Format: Online
Entry Requirements: None Specific
Cache certification fee included on this course Childcare Online Training cert fee included


To gain the full CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare you will need to submit, and pass, all of the tutor marked assignments.  There are nine assignments for Unit 1 and four assignments for Unit 2. This course is suitable for learners who wish to be employed in home based childcare settings as childminding assistants or other home childcarers (e.g. nannies, au pairs).

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

For further information, go to: http://www.cache.org.uk. Qualification Code 601/3527/X

See the CACHE Qualification summary for this course here

See the Ofqual Qualification summary for this course here

This course is suitable for:

  • Childminders
  • Childminding assistants
  • Nannies/ Au Pairs
  • Other childcarer’s working in a home based setting

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 4 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

 The course comes to you via an online moodle platform

 You will get full tutor support through our system

 You will receive feedback on your assignments from our tutors who are all childcare experts

 You will also be given guidance through our Study Guide on how to submit assignments and access your feedback

 Postal assignments cannot be accepted for this course

 You must have access to email in order to contact your tutor

 You must have access to the internet and have an up to date internet browser

 You must have the use of a computer for studying

To pass this course learners must pass several 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.

All of our students are assigned a personal tutor to guide them through course materials, mark their assignments and assist should students have any queries. Tutors can be contacted at any time throughout a course by sending a direct message within our online learning system.

All of our tutors are childcare experts and have extensive knowledge in Early Years as well as Health and Social Care to give fantastic feedback and help to those learning new skills in the care sector.

Nursery Worker Income

The starting salary for junior or trainee nursery workers is from £10,000 to £14,000 a year, depending on age.

Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn between £15,000 and £22,000, depending on responsibilities.

Nursery Management Income

Nursery managers can earn between £22,000 and £30,000 a year.

Deputy nursery managers can earn around £18,000 to £22,000 a year, and nursery room leaders may earn between £14,000 and £18,000 a year.

Primary School Teacher Income

The main salary scale is from £22,023 to £32,187 a year (£27,543 to £37,119 in inner London).

Playworker Income

Full-time playworkers can earn between £12,000 and £20,000 a year. Managerial staff can earn between £25,000 and £30,000 a year.

Childminder Income

The National Childminding Association (now Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years) Membership Survey 2012 reported that fees charged by childminders ranged from £3.63 to £5.42 an hour for each child, depending on the area of the country.

*All figures are intended as a guideline only and were taken from the National Careers Service website*