Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare (Archived)

A home based childcare practitioner supervises a child playing with educational toys

We are sorry, but this course is no longer available. For an alternative, please choose from our range of Childcare and Early Years courses.


Course fee£250.00
Registration fee£32.00

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, but you will need to be at least 16 years of age and ideally have some experience of childcare. This is an online course so you will also need easy access to the internet and to be competent working with electronic documents.


This course is accredited by CACHE, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education.

Hours of study

As a guideline, you should allow for approximately 50 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 4 months from the date of enrolment.

Exams and assessment

You will create an online portfolio of evidence using different formats such as learning plans, written tasks, and discussion.

Additional information

To gain this qualification you will need to register with CACHE. We will take care of this process, but you will need to pay an additional registration fee which is not included in the price of your course.

For learners in Wales who may be seeking the CYPOP 5 unit, 'Understand How to Set Up a Home-based Childcare Service', please click here.

How to enrol

How to enrol
For this course there are two ways to enrol with NEC:

  • Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
  • Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.

How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or spread the cost and pay in instalments. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

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The National Extension College (NEC) is the trading name of the Open School Trust, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 676788). Finance is provided through the Deko platform by a number of lenders. You will be offered the best rate available based on your credit history and the lenders’ credit decision policies.

Deko is a trading name of Pay4Later Ltd who act as a credit intermediary. They are registered in England and Wales (company number 06447333) and authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (register number 728646). For more information please go to www.dekopay.com/faq or visit www.dekopay.com.

NEC will register you for this qualification with the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE). The £32 registration fee is not included in your course fee and will need to be paid in addition at the time of enrolment.

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Childcare: Units

  • Preparing to work as a home based childcarer
  • Preparing to set up a home based childcare business
Including area code and country code (if outside of UK)

What our students say...

E-learning was convenient for me as I have a small child at home so going to college was impractical. When I had finished a task, I was able to carry on with the next one instantly as all the tasks are in your Laser right from the start so you know exactly what is coming next. This course means everything to my career! I would definitely consider doing another distance learning course with NEC.