A childminder's role is many and varied and can be described in a number of ways. Gone are the days when childminders were seen as uneducated, low paid babysitters who were paid to keep an eye on the children whilst their parents spent a few hours at work. The world has changed and with it the need for good quality childcare.
As well as paying the full price, there is also an instalment option:
Instalments: £61.25 monthly over 4 months
To pay by instalments call us on 0203 322 8085
Parents are no longer content to pay someone to look after their child simply because they appear motherly and seem to like playing with children. Parents now, quite rightly, express a wish to find a highly qualified, organised person who has the right skills to not only nurture their child but to educate and discipline them.
Whilst working as a childminder your role will involve being a carer for children (this is not the same as minding them!). Parents will expect you to care for their children as you would your own (in some cases better!). You will have the responsibility of making sure that the children are safe at all times when they are with you and you will be expected to be aware of and remove any potential hazards.
You will need to know how to comfort a child when they are upset, appease them when they are angry and entertain them when they are bored.
This course covers all the skills you need to become a good childminder and gain a recognised qualification.
Level 3 Award in Introduction to Childminding, Plus a UK Open Learning Diploma.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Level 3 NCFE Award certificate of achievement. That means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to level 3 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland"
Awarding Body Information
NCFE is recognised as an awarding body by the qualification regulators ('regulators') for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The regulators are the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Department for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills (DCELLS) in Wales and the Council for Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) in Northern Ireland.
The course is designed for study by distance learning at work or at home. Students receive course manual, assignments and studyguide plus tutor support by post and email
You will receive full tutor support by e-mail and post for a full year from the day you receive the course. To complete this course it will take in the region of 90 study hours which can be spread over a 12 month period to suit the student.
As you work through this course you are required to complete a series of tutor marked assignments, which you can then send to your tutor for marking. There is no word count for these assignments, however you do have to prove to your tutor that you have fully understood the question asked.
UNIT ONE - Introduction to childminding
1.1 Describe the skills and qualities required to undertake employment as a childminder
1.2 Identify your own existing skills and qualities
1.3 Identify skills and abilities to be developed
UNIT TWO - Understand the legal responsibilities of the childminder
2.1 Define the legal responsibilities of the childminder
2.2 Outline relevant legislation with regard to childminding
UNIT THREE - Understand the relevant training available to childminders
3.1 Discuss the importance of first aid qualifications for childminders
3.2 Critically explore the available optional training available for childminders
UNIT FOUR - Getting your business up and running
4.1 Identify the service you wish to provide
4.2 Analyse the childminding market in your area
4.3 Critically examine the importance of portfolios and welcome packs
4.4 Summarise the procedures for interviewing potential customers
4.5 Identify procedures for settling children into the childminding setting
UNIT FIVE - Safety within the home
5.1 Identify the risks to children indoors
5.2 Identify the risks to children outdoors
5.3 Critically examine the importance of maintaining appropriate hygiene procedures for (a) personal (b) toys and equipment
UNIT SIX - Negotiating a contract
6.1 Summarise the importance of using contracts
6.2 Describe retainers and deposits and explain when these should be charged
6.3 Critically examine the procedures which should be followed in the event of a complaint being made against the childminder
UNIT SEVEN - Writing and implementing policies
7.1 Produce a policy to meet equal opportunities within the childminding setting
7.2 Critically examine the importance of having a behaviour policy within the childminding setting
7.3 Discuss the procedure for reporting a suspected case of child abuse
UNIT EIGHTM - Accounts and book keeping
8.1 Summarise the legal obligations of a self-employed person
8.2 Analyse the consequences of employing an assistant or working with another childminder
8.3 Identify the financial help available to childminders
8.4 Critically explore how to evaluate whether your business is making a profit or loss
Is the course a recognised educational qualification?
On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a UK Open Learning Diploma in Child Minding and also a certificate from the Open College Network which will list your achievements and the level you gained. This course carries 9 learning credits which can be used towards further studies.
How long do I have to complete the course?
You can study at your own pace and in your own time and there are no deadlines that must be met. Full tutor support is available for 12 months. To complete this course it will take in the region of 100 study hours which can be spread over a 12 month period to suit the student.
What happens if I've paid for the course but find it unsuitable?
Not a problem. If you return it within seven days, we'll give you a complete refund, as long as the course is returned in re-saleable condition.
Is this an NVQ?
No. NVQs have to be taken in the workplace but this qualification is equivalent to an NVQ Level 3, GNVQ Advanced or a full A Level in terms of the level of knowledge required. The credit value indicates the amount of learning time that the course broadly requires, in this case 100 hours.