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CACHE Award in Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare RQF

Learners will discover how to work in home-based childcare settings as a registered childminder.
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Level 3 / NCFE CACHE Certificate / OLC14

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Course introduction

Home Based Childcare Course

Developed in collaboration with the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY); our CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare RQF is perfect for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a childminder, nanny or au pair as it covers everything you need to know to set up a childcare business within a secure home-based environment.

Even if your only prior experience is being a parent or nursery worker; our online learning course can help you build on your existing knowledge so you’re fully equipped with the necessary training to take your first step towards a new and rewarding career.

The fact that our CACHE Level 3 Award is fully accredited by Ofsted - and is considered a requirement for anyone wishing to work as a childminder/au pair by local authorities – proves how invaluable this qualification can be to your CV. Simply invest 50 hours of independent self-led study time – which can be completed at your own time and pace over a 12 month period – and with no prior qualifications and experience, you can take your passion for working with children, and create a brand new career for yourself.

Our course covers all aspects of preparing to work in home-based childcare. From understanding current legislation and regulations, to establishing a safe environment that will support the safeguarding, protection and welfare of children; each of its 2 units can help you to fully comprehend the importance of day to day routines, as well as highlight the long term benefit ‘learning through play’ can have on the development of your young charges.

Similarly, its focus on showing you how to lead and manage can help prepare you for the financial aspects of keeping a home-based childcare business afloat, whilst also providing you with the skills and information to successfully develop a strong business plan.

Take advantage of becoming a part of the CACHE Alumni once you have enrolled on any of our CACHE courses. CACHE Alumni is a professional membership network for those who work in the healthcare and education industries. It is free to join and it supports practitioners, learners, and educators throughout their learning journey. Some of the benefits from joining CACHE Alumni include access to the latest articles across the healthcare sector for two years and complete access to useful webinars, podcasts, and career support.

Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare
Qualification Number: 603/3642/0
Total Credits: 6

Required knowledge

No prior experience or knowledge is required to enrol on this course, making it the ideal academic addition for those first starting out in childcare.

With its support you can begin your preparation towards becoming an au pair or nanny, as well as learn the requirements needed to work as a registered childminder.


To gain the full CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare, you will need to pass 13 written assignments (9 assignments for Unit 1 and 4 assignments for Unit 2) that are based around the course materials taught during your online lessons.

Once marked by your personal tutor, you’ll also receive invaluable feedback that can be used to bolster the results of future assignments and improve your writing skills.

PLEASE NOTE: No formal examinations or practical experience is required. Simply the completion of all 13 assignments. All certification fees are included within your course fees.

Awarding organisation

Upon completion of this course, you will be awarded with a CACHE Level 3 certificate and an OLC RQF certificate.

This qualification is taught, assessed and quality assured by Oakwood Home Learning, a CACHE accredited training provider (centre number 03445.000) who specialise in childcare and early years qualifications delivered through home learning.

The course materials and tutor support are provided by Oakwood Home Learning and all students are enrolled through them with CACHE certifications requested by the Oakwood Home Learning on behalf of students who have completed their qualification.

CACHE are the UK’s leading awarding body within the care and education sectors. Their courses are seen as an industry standard, with many employers requesting CACHE certifications for their roles.

Course modules

This online learning course is split into 2 concise units that are designed to cover all elements of home-based childcare.

Unit 1: Part 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: Part 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 plant
  • 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

Learner support

Purposefully designed to enable learners to find the perfect work/study balance; our CACHE Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare can easily be completed alongside your existing job, at a rate that best suits you.

There is no pressure to complete assignments to a set deadline or give up your job. Instead, you can study from the comfort of your own home and readily have access to all your course materials, lessons, resources and assignments 24/7/365 days of the year.

Our courses are yearly based, giving you a full 12 months to gain the award once you have enrolled. Upon enrolment, you’ll gain immediate access to your course materials, but more importantly, you’ll receive your very own personal tutor who’ll be at your disposal as and when you need them.

We aim to make your learning experience easier. That is why our professional tutors are always on hand to lend their expert advice and guidance, so you can achieve maximum results from your studies whilst also having the opportunity to take advantage of their years of expertise in the field.

At the same time, you can readily utilise our integrated chat, messaging systems and help centres and benefit from their continuous support, tips and instruction – without delay!


What is distance learning?

Distance learning is the most flexible and convenient approach to studying. There is no need for you to attend college and, therefore, you can study anytime, any place, anywhere that fits in with your lifestyle. Distance learning programmes are ideal for people who may have a full-time job, or other commitments, that won’t allow them time off to study.

What do I need to do to get started on a course?

You'll need to be able to commit the required time to your studies. We recommend that you choose a course you think will interest you, and help you to achieve your ambitions. If you would like some advice, or further information, please call our helpline free on 0333 3445 690.

To purchase a course, simply click on the ‘Buy now’ button against your chosen course and follow the on screen instructions. Alternatively if you would prefer to purchase the course over the phone, call 0333 3445 690 and speak to one of our expert course advisors.

How does the distance learning/home study method work?

The course operates through a study pack and access to your own personal tutor. Once you have chosen your course we will send you your study pack, which you will be required to work through before completing the course.

Depending on the course you have chosen, you will either be required to complete assignments and submit these for marking as the course progresses and/or be required to sit an end exam. The end exam could be in the form of multiple choice questions, or be an invigilated exam at a registered test centre.

Your completed assignments will need to be sent to your tutor for marking/assessment, you will then receive written feedback and guidance. It may be possible to submit your assignments by email, however you will need to check this with your tutor. Please be aware that your assignments will be maintained by NCCHL for moderation and audit purposes.

These requirements will always be listed on the course description page, so please refer to this for details of what is required for each individual course.

How long should it take to complete a course?

Depending on the course you have chosen, and the amount of time you can commit, it could take from 6 weeks to 12 months to complete your course.

The duration of the course is largely down to you though. The beauty of home learning is that it allows you complete flexibility to fit your studies around your lifestyle and other commitments. You can dedicate as much, or as little, time as you want to your studies - no one will be chasing you for your work or asking why you haven’t submitted an assignment.

We do strongly recommend, though, that before you purchase a course you assess your ability to commit the necessary time to completing the course in a timeframe that will not leave you losing your motivation.

How quickly will I receive my course material?

We guarantee that you will receive your course materials within 5 days of purchase, but for many courses we would anticipate that you will have to wait no more than 48 hours.

The course materials are always sent to you via a tracked courier service, to ensure that you receive your study pack within our stated period.

How much will it cost?

The cost is largely dependent on the type of the course. The longer the course is the higher the cost will be, due to the size of the study pack and the nature of the qualification.

All prices are clearly stated on the course description page and will always be displayed prior to you committing to purchase a course.

Please note that there may be additional fees required should your course have an external assessment, such as A Levels, ICB qualifications etc. To clarify, please speak to a course advisor.

What support will I receive?

You will be allocated your own personal tutor who can be contacted via e-mail, telephone, fax or post for help and advice on any aspect of the course.

Many courses require that you submit work to your tutor during the period of study and your tutor will assess your work and pass comments back to you. Your tutor is available to you as much as you need them.

Please be aware that officially the tutor support provided with the course is for a period of 12 months, although if you need longer let us know and we’ll endeavour to extend that.

Will I have to sit an examination?

All of our courses are accredited, so you need to show that you have acquired the knowledge to pass the course – this may involve sitting an examination, but it depends on the course you have chosen.

Some courses require you to be continually assessed throughout the course, while others may require an end of course exam or assignment (which may be completed at home) to be submitted to your tutor.

Certain types of qualifications, A-levels and GCSEs for example, do require you to sit an invigilated exams at a registered test centre. You will need to organise and pay for the examinations yourself, however full details of what you need to do will be available from the centre who are delivering the qualification.

If in doubt, please email ‘’, NCC can then discuss or put you in touch directly with the course provider.

Can I study from outside the UK?

Yes, there are no geographical limits to where you can study.

You just need to be aware that all tutors are based in the UK and work may need to be submitted to them via post, although in most cases e-mail can be used.

Where the course requires that you sit an invigilated exam at a test centre, there are many exam centres outside of the UK. However, we would advise that you check with us before purchasing one of these courses if you want to study from abroad.

Will I receive a qualification when I complete the course?

All of our courses are accredited and you will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.

For more information about this please see the section of the website that details how awarding bodies work and what the different types of qualifications are.

Can I take more than one course at a time?

Yes, you can take as many courses as your time allows. But we would recommend that you clearly evaluate how much time you can commit to your courses of study.

The good news is though that if your circumstances change you can always take a break and come back to your studies.

Additionally, discounts are available if you buy more than one course at the same time.

How long will it take for my work to be marked by my tutor?

Your work will be marked and feedback returned to you within 12 working days after submission. This is because our tutors are required to provide detailed, considered feedback to our learners that may take a while to formulate. We find that by working this way, our learners actually complete their course in less time, as they rarely need to submit an assignment more than twice.

Whilst it is possible to submit multiple assignments at the same time, we advise that our learners submit only one at a time. We want our learners to develop as they progress through their course, and find this is best achieved when a student embarks on a new module having taken into account tutor feedback from the previous submission.

Do I need any additional books or equipment to do my course?

No, we provide everything you need to pass your course.

How do I enrol?

Once you have chosen your course, you can either purchase the course online which will enrol you, or you can call our helpline on 0333 3445 690 who will sign you up for the course and arrange to have all your learning materials sent to you.

What if I’ve chosen the wrong course?

If, after receiving the course, you decide it isn’t the right course for you, you can simply return the goods within 14 days and we will send your money back in full for the majority of courses (excluding postage and packaging) or you can choose another course that you feel would suit your needs and ambitions better.

What is the difference between the online and paper versions of courses?

Our online courses are completed through our online learning system after receiving login and access instructions. You will not receive any course materials through the post. The paper based version is posted out in a binder to your home or place of work and requires completion of a portfolio of work that is submitted to your tutor for marking.

Where can I find your Equality and Diversity Policy?

All NCC policies and procedures can be provided on request from NCC directly by emailing or calling 0333 3445 690.

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