This course is available in Online or Paper format.
This programme is designed for people who wish to gain an understanding of principles and practice setting up a child care venture, ensuring that they are properly local authority registered and conforming to current requirements and standards.
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Starting a Childcare Business
Course code: SH309
Delivery method: Paper Based or Online
Course duration: 12 Months (Approx. 60 hours study time)
Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed
Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3
Child care in the UK is highly regulated and requires exacting standards of those involved in providing care for young people.
Running a child care or child minding business is very popular but obviously needs to be set up carefully so that the business is properly registered, it operates to current requirements and standards and is planned on a firm financial basis.
This course provides a substantial knowledge and understanding base of good practice, to enable people to plan a child care business which meets current requirements.
The course is divided up into eight units, as follows:
1. Researching the market
How to conduct research to understand the demand and competition for child care services in your locality
2. Setting up your business
How to go about planning and establishing a childminder, nannying or child care business
3. The registration process
Registration requirements to ensure that you are properly registered and approved by your local authority
4. Launching your business
Planning to advertise and launch your business venture
5. Health, safety and hygiene
Ensuring that your facilities take proper account of health and welfare of children in your care, other staff and adult visitors
6. Toys and Equipment
Setting up your business with appropriate and suitable equipment
7. Customer service and parental involvement
Ensuring that you provide effective service and support for parents
8. Financial Matters
Financial record keeping to keep your business on track.
At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).
The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that OSC has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.
The course itself has been designed by OSC to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.
ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.
Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.
Paper Based Version
The course comes to you as a paper-based pack delivered by courier.
You will be given guidance through the Study Guide on the nuts and bolts of studying and submitting assignments.
Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor.
The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. We call these Tutor Marked Assignments (TMAs). You need only send the TMAs to your tutor for comment, not the self-assessment exercises which are also part of the course to help you gauge your progress.
This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.
You will have access to a tutor via email who will mark your work and guide you through the course and will assist you with any problems you may have. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.