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Becoming a Child Minder can be very rewarding work, both financially and emotionally. 


Every Child Matters (ECM) is more than just a government initiative. The ECM philosophy underpins every part of this fantastic new course. It’s ideal for anybody wanting to work with children.


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 Course really is for you. It's also perfect for anybody considering a new career or setting up a small business in Child Minding. 


If you have always wanted to work with children, but didn't know where to start, you've come to the right place!


Our acclaimed Child Minder course helps anybody who wants to work in the childcare sector to gain an accreditation that is recognised throughout the industry. Better still, this fantastic course requires no previous experience, just a passion for the subject!

  • Award Received:
    Level 3 NCFE Accredited. Plus a MyDistance Learning Diploma
  • Entry Requirements:
    Reasonable standard of literacy, plus a healthy does of enthusiasm for the subject.
  • Course Length:
    Approximately 100 study hours, with up to 12 months to complete (only a couple of hours per week).
  • Assessment Method:
    Periodic Tutor Marked Assignments, No Exams.




Course Overview


More and more women are returning to work after having children, and this fact, coupled with the U.K.'s culture of long working hours have led to a huge increase in the need for childcare. Since the ECM initiative was introduced in 2002, there has been an increasing drive for anybody involved with caring for children to get recognised professional training.

A glance at the titles of the individual modules (click the ‘Course Outline’ tab above) shows you just what this fantastic course is about. It covers all of the developmental needs of children in some detail, including their physical needs such as the types of food that are best for them (and nutritional guidelines), the benefits of adequate rest and sleep, learning through play and common childhood illnesses. It addresses their psychological needs too – love, security, positive reinforcement of behavior – and education.

The course goes on to explore issues surrounding behavior management, child abuse and the legal framework, and your roles and responsibilities as a care provider, counsellor or parent. It also discusses and informs on the complexities of the various agencies and legislative frameworks in place to protect children. Developing positive working relationships, and the subtleties of communicating with children are also covered.

The final section addresses the business aspects of working as a childminder, including deeper explanation of the legal responsibilities mentioned earlier, the need for registration with appropriate authorities and becoming a member of the NCMA (National Child Minding Association). Health and safety issues, drawing up contracts and agreements, and such matters as how to determine the number of children you can care for in various situations, are dealt with to complete the package

Be aware that whatever you intend to do in the childcare working environment, there are a few additional mandatory elements of training you will need to undertake, no matter who you study or train with. These are laid down by legislation and statute, so are not optional.

However, they are neither difficult nor expensive:

-    The course itself fulfills the main criteria, that for delivering a recognised introductory syllabus

-    In addition you will need to undertake a First Aid qualification, which takes only one day and can be done with St John's Ambulance Brigade very cheaply and easily

-    You will also need to register with Ofsted, and they may need to conduct a home visit if you are providing childcare facilities in your own home. That's it!


Course Materials

One of the key benefits of studying Child Minding with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively. The modular method of delivery favored by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. But with My Distance Learning College, because you have all the materials available from the outset, you can move faster through sections you are more confident with, and take more time over the deeper ideas that need more thought and understanding.

Level 3 NCFE Award

The course is accredited by NCFE, who are an awarding body regulated by 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 meets the Level 3 NCFE criteria, and can be completed in 12 months. Completion is achievable by even the busiest professional, and because of its modular construction could probably even be squeezed into the schedule of a full-time homemaker or single parent with a little reorganisation.

Although, there are no entry requirements, the course is at Level 3, so you do need a reasonable level of literacy to be able to both understand the concepts introduced, and get the most out of the materials.


When you become a Student of My Distance Learning College you are eligible to receive the following:

1. A fully functioning business website, with free personal domain name and hosting for one year worth at least £175

2. Professional listing on an online directory exclusively for graduates of My Distance Learning College Courses, which lets the world know that you're qualified - worth £39.99

3. Career consultancy and free CV appraisal by one of the industry leaders in the UK - worth £64.99

4. Employment tools, including expert advice on interview preparation - worth at least £67

Total Value is a minimum of £346.98 – it's almost as if you're getting your course for nothing!

What are you waiting for – order TODAY and get your career into overdrive!

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Previous experience required: No

Level:  Level 3 NCFE (What does this mean?) 

Study hours: 100

Length of course:12 months 

Tutor Support: 12 months (can be extended)  

Tutor marked assignments:Yes  

Final exam: No

Instalment plan available:Yes

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Course Outline

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    
Dietary Differences    
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    
Further Legislation    
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    
Child Abuse  


Career Prospects

When you have successfully completed this course you will receive a Level 3 Certificate in Childminding from NCFE, who are one of the U.K.'s largest accreditation awarding bodies. Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies to the next level if you wish.

All of our courses are accredited by NCFE and satisfy the requirements of the appropriate level of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). They recognise that the student has gained a good knowledge and understanding of a particular subject area, which is appropriate for many job roles. Many of them also result in qualifications on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), which carry credits that can be accumulated towards higher level qualifications.

NCFE are regulated by 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.

Before enrolling on a course, students should make sure that they are following a course of study that results in formal recognition of their knowledge and skills by a reputable awarding body such as NCFE.



Can anyone do the course?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The course materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style.

In addition to the comprehensive course materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What’s actually in the course?

The course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration, plus research to carry out. This will also help you to keep track of how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples in the course materials, but personal research is expected at this level, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is the course accredited?

This course has been accredited by My Distance Learning College Ltd, which has been approved as an NCFE IIQ (Investing in Quality) Centre to give full recognition to courses. Successful students will be awarded a certificate of achievement by NCFE at the end of their course.

The measurable learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked, using Ofqual Qualification and Credits Framework (QCF) descriptors, as Level 3. The course content and delivery have been specifically designed to meet the needs of students preferring to learn from home using distance learning methods.

What will I get from the course materials?

The course materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

What level is the course at?

The Learning outcomes for the Childminding course have been benchmarked at Level 3, using Ofqual’s Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) . Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on any necessary improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on reworking.

Certificates will be issued by NCFE on successful completion of all the assignments.

How do I send in my work?

You submit your assignments one at a time for marking through our iLearn it Easy online portal. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review or rework the one you submitted.

What happens if I fail an assignment?

Don't worry, your tutor give you some pointers as to where you could improve, and will ask you to resubmit your assignment once you have reworked it.

What do I receive when I order the course?

We will send you ALL the course materials. This consists of a folder and Study Guide, plus a package of bonus materials and items to enhance your learning experience.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

The course should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if you require more time. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, the course can be completed in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

There are generally no word counts given for the tutor marked assignments, but it is important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with the course. Many students start slowly at first, particularly if it's some time since they carried out any study, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

Will the course help me get a job?

NCFE, the awarding body, is a highly respected organisation that imposes strict standards on its centres. An NCFE certificate should be accepted by employers or further education providers. 

What if I don’t like the course? Can I send it back?

Yes, if you are not happy with the course and feel it is not for you, you can return it within 7 days in accordance with the terms and conditions on our web site:

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes, you will need access to email and the Internet to submit assignments and do research. You will also need to word process your assignments.  If you do not have Microsoft Office (or a similar package), we recommend that students download Open Office, which is free to download and use.

Is the course paper-based or online?

The course is paper-based and comes in a sturdy folder. Alternatively, start your course immediately and save £££’s by studying exclusively online, with full access to your course materials and tutor support, studying has never been easier!

No Final Exam!

If the prospect of exams frightens the life out of you, there is even more good news. There is no final exam!

The low price of the course includes dedicated tutor support, regular critique and feedback, and all assignments are marked by one of our professional tutors. You can even pay by instalments if funds are tight.

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