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Introduction to Childminding at QLS Level 3

Introduction to Childminding at QLS Level 3
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This course is available in Paper format and also online.


This course will give you the key information to enable you to put into practice your ambition to be a successful childminder as well as crucial information about Health and Safety and setting up your own childminding business.


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Introduction to Childminding at QLS Level 3

Course code: CLD14

Delivery method: Paper Based or Online

Course duration: 12 Months

Entry requirements: No prior qualification needed

Award achieved: ABC Awards and Certa Award Certificate of achievement at QLS Level 3

This course has been developed to give those already working as a childminder or those contemplating a career as one to understand the key aspects and responsibilities of this demanding but rewarding role.

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. Parents expect a highly qualified, organised person who has the right skills to not only nurture their child but to educate and discipline them.


UNIT ONE Introduction to childminding

  • Describe the skills and qualities required to undertake employment as a childminder
  • Identify your own existing skills and qualities
  • Identify skills and abilities to be developed

UNIT TWO Understand the legal responsibilities of the childminder

  • Define the legal responsibilities of the childminder
  • Outline relevant legislation with regard to childminding

UNIT THREE  Understand the relevant training available to childminders

  • Discuss the importance of first aid qualifications for childminders
  • Critically explore the available optional training available for childminders

UNIT FOUR Getting your business up and running

  • Identify the service you wish to provide
  • Analyse the childminding market in your area
  • Critically examine the importance of portfolios and welcome packs
  • Summarise the procedures for interviewing potential customers
  • Identify procedures for settling children into the childminding setting

UNIT FIVE Safety within the home

  • Identify the risks to children indoors
  • Identify the risks to children outdoors
  • Critically examine the importance of maintaining appropriate hygiene procedures for (a) personal (b) toys and equipment 

UNIT SIX Negotiating a contract

  • Summarise the importance of using contracts
  • Describe retainers and deposits and explain when these should be charged
  • 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

  • Produce a policy to meet equal opportunities within the childminding setting
  • Critically examine the importance of having a behaviour policy within the childminding setting
  • Discuss the procedure for reporting a suspected case of child abuse

UNIT EIGHT Accounts and book keeping

  • Summarise the legal obligations of a self-employed person
  • Analyse the consequences of employing an assistant or working with another childminder
  • Identify the financial help available to childminders
  • Critically explore how to evaluate whether your business is making a profit or loss

Course Endorsement

At the end of this course successful learners will be given the option to receive a Certificate of Achievement from the Quality Licence Scheme and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the components the learner has completed as part of the course).

The course has been endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme.  This means that Kendal Publishing Ltd has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet defined quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to a regulated qualification* but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills gained. The Learner Unit Summary may be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this subject. 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 demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Kendal Publishing Ltd to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications.   The Quality Licence Scheme endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met.  A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.

The Skills and Education Group also includes two nationally recognised awarding organisations; Skills and Education Group Awards and Skills and Education Group Access. Through our awarding organisations we have developed a reputation for providing high-quality qualifications and assessments for the education and skills sector. We are committed to helping employers, organisations and learners cultivate the relevant skills for learning, skills for employment, and skills for life.

Our knowledge and experience of working within the awarding sector enables us to work with training providers, through the Quality Licence Scheme, to help them develop high-quality courses and/or training programmes for the non-regulated market.

*Regulated qualification refers to those qualifications that are regulated by Ofqual / CCEA / Qualification Wales

Method of Study

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.

Online Version

Our online courses are fully digitised versions of the paper-courses, so you can study on any PC or smart device when connected to the internet.

As with the paper course, your online learning programme is completely flexible, so you can study at a pace that suits you.

All of our online course content is broken down into bite size chunks to make your learning more manageable and effective.

Method of Assessment

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.

Course Length Information

This course can be taken over a 12 month period but you can complete it as fast or as slowly as you wish.

Tutor Support

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.