CACHE Level 3 Award home-based childcare

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Level 3 Award in preparing to work in home-based childcare

This qualification is suitable for learners wishing to work as:

  • Childminders
  • Childminding assistants
  • Nannies
  • Au Pairs
  • other childcarers in the home.

The qualification

  • prepares learners to set up a home based childcare setting
  • also suitable for learners who want to work as childminding assistants or other home child carers (e.g. nannies, au pairs)

Course units

The award has two units:

  • Preparing to work as a home based child carer
  • Preparing to set up a home based childcare service

This is a knowledge-based-only qualification; therefore no place in a real work environment is required.


To complete the course you need to build a portfolio of evidence using our Learning Assistant online portfolio system.

You will be given support from a tutor who will help you with your planning, set you tasks to complete, select topics to research and mark your work.


  • Approximately four months
  • To undertake this qualification: Learners must be at least 16 years of age


This award is an ideal introduction to childminding, however we would advise you to contact your Local Authority and Ofsted to clarify what is required in your local area in the way of qualification and training, should you be intending on setting up a home-based childminding service.

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