Endorsed Qualification through the Focus Awards Focus on Quality Provision (FQP), our Child-minding course is ideal for those seeking to work in the childcare industry.
Great with kids? This course has been specifically tailored to those with an ambition to work with children, perhaps as a child-minder, in a nursery or as a nanny. With sharp focus on highly practical modules covering essential areas such as behaviour management and physical needs, this course equips students with the grounding required to enjoy a successful career in the childcare sector.
The demand for childcare has never been higher, with more parents returning to work and working longer hours. And, since the introduction of the 2002 ECM initiative, there has been a public outcry for childcare professionals with recognised accreditation and training.
The Childminding course covers 8 diverse and practical units, which have been tailored to equip students with the skills and knowledge required for modern professionals in the childcare industry. You can view the units by clicking the ‘Modules’ tab above.
You’ll begin by focusing on core modules that cover the developmental needs of children, including physical needs, nutrition, rest and sleep. You’ll also explore different methods of teaching through play and psychological needs in detail – love, security, positive reinforcement and education. With this grounding, you’ll move on to study specialised areas focused on behaviour management, child abuse and the legal framework that must be adhered to. You’ll learn your legal responsibilities, what is expected of you, and ultimately; how to thrive as a knowledgeable, empathetic professional. You’ll even learn health and safety and how to draw up your own contracts and agreements, enabling you to stay informed and compliant with the law at all times.
No matter where you study, If you intend to progress into a childcare environment, there is additional training that you need to undertake. This is a legal requirement.
You will need to undertake a first aid qualification, which only takes one day to complete. St. John’s Ambulance offers a day course that is very competitively priced.
In addition, you will need to register with Ofsted, who will conduct a simple home visit if you plan on offering childcare facilities in your home. Once you have completed your first aid training and registration, you will be qualified to work.
Our Childminding course does not have any set requirements. Open to anyone with a good educational background and a keen interest in the area, we welcome your application. This course is extremely accessible, and we supply a study guide to each student. Your personal tutor will also be on hand to assist you.
Unit 1 Child Development
Stages of growth and development
Factors which affect growth and development
Supporting children with special educational needs
Key transitions in a child’s life
Unit 2 Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity within the child care setting
Unit 3 Physical Needs
Nutrients and Additives
Meeting children’s rest and sleep needs
Hygiene in the child care setting
Common childhood illnesses
Recording accidents and emergencies
Unit 4 Learning Through Play
Using topics and themes
Exploring the senses
The seven “C’s” and spice
The importance of planning
Observing and assessing children
The Early Years Foundation Stage
Unit 5 Behaviour Management
Reasons for misbehaviour
How children learn about behaviour
Expected stages of behaviour
Encouraging appropriate behaviour
Unit 6 The legal responsibilities of the practitioner
Registering as a childminder
OFSTED – The aims of the registration system
The grading system
Regulations and legislation
Understanding the legal requirements of registration
Your responsibilities to parents
Your responsibilities to children
The importance of policies
Unit 7 Promoting positive working relationships
Promoting positive working relationships
Types of family structure
Types of parents
Working with parents
Communication between practitioners, parents and school
Accessing childcare services
Support for Childminders
How to protect yourself and your family from allegations
Unit 8 Child Protection Issues and Abuse
Child Protection Timeline
The Children Act 1989
The protection of Children Act 1999
The Children Act 2004
Every Child Matters
Childcare Act 2006
United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989
Working Together to Safeguard Children
Common Assessment Framework
Local Safeguarding Children Boards
Safeguarding Children and Child Protection
Model of need
Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)
Emergency Protection Orders
Social Policy and Social Exclusion
WHERE WILL THIS COURSE TAKE ME?
Once you have graduated from our Child-minding course, you will be awarded with a diploma from Cambridge Open College, along with a certificate endorsed by Focus Awards. As a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB), Focus Awards allocates endorsements to courses that meet their high standards of quality and consistency.
Graduates of the course will find their employability is enhanced, especially if they go on to receive their first aid qualification.
In addition, you will receive some of the very best professional support available for FREE, to ensure your long-term success. This includes a FREE CV appraisal service and a range of employment tools. And, if you’re interested in setting up your very own childcare business, we will support you with a FREE business website, domain and hosting!
£35 deposit: remaining balance at the end of the month
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Reduced fee of £269
£269 - all inclusive
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£89 deposit followed by £89 for the next two months
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Once the enrolment process has been completed you will receive your introductory pack and login details to access your course textbooks, your tutor profile and their contact details.
We look forward to welcoming you as a student of the college and feel sure you will enjoy studying with us.
Key points for this course:
This is a fully supported home study course supported by your own tutor
Your enrolment fee covers absolutely everything – there will be nothing more to pay after you have enrolled, there are no hidden fees
You have 12 months to complete your course
You may enrol at any time of the year
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Money Back Guarantee
If you are not happy with your course simply return it within 14 days and we will refund your fees in full.
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If you are great with kids, have an ambition to work in the childcare sector, to become a childminder or nanny, or to help out in a nursery, then our brand new Childminding study pack really is for you. It’s also perfect for anybody considering a new career or setting up a small business in Childminding