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Childminding Level 3 Course

Childminding courses online. This fully online Childminding course is aimed at learners looking to gain an understanding of caring for children from your own home. If you are looking at setting up a childminding business from your home, then this childminding courses online will provide you with all the skills to be able to do so. (Paediatric First Aid Certificate also required)

The course can be completed entirely from home without any placement requirements. Access your course via our learning platform The Laser. Here you can access your course lessons, resources and correspond with your personal tutor. Log in and out to suit over a 6 month period. We estimate that within 4-6 weeks you can be ready to start your own childminding business, if not sooner!! 

The demand for qualified Childminders is huge. You could be prepared, registered with Ofsted and offering a paid service to local families sooner than you think. Why stick in a tedious dead end job? With a little effort you could be doing the Job you always dreamed of. Not only that, you will be doing a job you enjoy. How many people can say that??  Take control of your own destiny and enrol online to suit. We enrol 365 days a year. You do not have to wait until September as you would at your local FE college. Make the change today and kickstart your new career.

Qualification: Childminding Level 3 Award
Support: 6 Months support included 
Start Date: Anytime - We enrol 365 days a year 
Accredited: The CPD Certification Service (CPD)
Experience: Not Required
Placement: Not Required

Note: No formal qualifications are required to register as a childminder. However, to register with Ofsted, you must hold a current Paediatric First Aid Certificate. Please see link direct to the government website on how to register as a childminder. 

We also offer a Level 3 Nannying course that may be of interest! 

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Course Details

Course Syllabus

Learners will complete 4 units of study in total as listed below.

4 tutor marked assignment to complete

Roles and responsibilities of those caring for children in a home environment. 

Understand how to create safe surroundings for children cared for at home.
Understand health and saftey responsibilities when caring for childen in a home environment.
Understand how to work with others to support children being cared for.
Understand how to safeguard and protect children.

Children’s development, well-being and behaviour

Know the key development events for children
Know the factors which affect a child’s development
Understand the role of play in a child’s development
Know how a child’s behaviour is influenced

Plan to care for a child in a home environment

Understand the importance of healthy eating
Be able to plan activities which suppot a child’s development
Know how to promote and support equality, diversity and inclusion when caring for children

Provide a childcare service in own home. 

Know how to manage self when running a childcare business in your own home
Know what is expected of an individual running a childcare business in their own home, 
Understand how to operate legally as a business providing childcare in your own home

Entry Requirements

No previous qualifications are required

Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

Be aged 16 Years or above
Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
Basic computer skills: e.g Word processing, emailing, uploading documents etc
Have a genuine desire to succeed

Course Duration

Online course access and tutor support are provided for 6 months,  all included in the fee. Complete to suit within this time frame.

Guided Learning Hours (GLH) – 49 Hours
Total Qualification Time (TQT) – 62 Hours

On average, learners will complete this course within 2 months.

Tutors & Support

All learners have access to a qualified tutor via email for the stated support period. In addition to this you are able to speak to our support team via telephone with any query you may have relating to your course.

Our tutors and support team have years of experience in delivering online and distance learning courses. If you require help, then we are only a phone call away. 


Learners will be required to complete a series of tutor marked assignments ( normally 1 after each unit) as they progress through this course. Each assignment will contain a variety of tasks/questions. These assignments are assessed by your tutor to monitor progress. You will be provided with constructive feedback to help you in completing each unit to the required standard.

There is no examination to complete as the course is completed using continual assessment.

Study Method - The Laser

Learners are able to access their course lessons via our LASER online learning platform.  Access your lessons, complete your assignments and contact your tutor all in one convenient place. 

As long as you have an internet connection you can access your course 24/7. You are able to access our online platform on the following link Laser Online Learning Platform

Laser Online Platform


Each course on the laser follows our unique Laser Lessons formula, and consists of:

  • A filmed tutorial with a professional presenter and accompanying text for those with hearing difficulties
  • Selected reading available in PDF format and also from trusted websites
  • A presentation to give further explanation of a specific topic
  • Good practice example videos, including videos scripted by Laser Systems for Canal Wharf Studios to cover specific criteria
  • An interactive quiz to test knowledge gained
  • Evidence opportunities which allow the learner to produce work towards their course
  • Extended learning materials for those who want to develop their skills and knowledge even further

A think and challenge activity which asks the learner to put the knowledge they have gained towards a real-life scenario

See an example of one of our good practice video’s available below on the Laser. 




Why UK Open College?

✅ Enrol online today – No set term times
✅ Accredited College – We are fully approved
✅ Spread the cost – interest free finance (Guaranteed acceptance*)
✅ NUS/Totum Student Card Approved*
✅ Trading since 2006 – We will not let you down
✅ Flexible learning – Study at a time that suits you
✅ Qualified Tutors – Fast assignment turnaround

*NUS/TOTUM Student cards are only available to students who are studying a fully recognised RQF/QCF course of 120 study hours or more. £14.99 fee per year applies.

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Payments plans - Guaranteed acceptance for UK students only!

Select whether to pay in full upon enrolment or opt to pay a deposit and spread the cost with our Interest free payment plan.  *Guaranteed acceptance for those who meet the following conditions: 

Example: Based on a Max finance agreement of £600

Aged 21 and above (Maximum age 75)
Employed or self employed with a minimum income of £7,200 PA (£600.00 PCM take home pay) 
Permanent resident in the UK for a min of 3 years
Be able to provide 3 years of address history from the UK
Have a UK bank account that accepts direct debits
Hold a valid UK credit or debit card
You are not bankrupt or in an IVA. 

Under 21 – We will require a willing parent, guardian or family member to take out the finance for your studies on your behalf. 

Please note: We do not carry out credit checks if you meet the above criteria. You may be asked for evidence of income. 

Alternative payment plans may be available for those that do not meet these conditons. Please speak to a member of our team who will be happy to assist on 0121 792 3872. 

Applicants choosing the monthly option will be required to complete and sign a financial agreement for the remaining payments.  All payments to be set up via direct debit.  We are only able to set up monthly payments for students resident in the UK. 

Please note: Once a payment plan is set up, you are liable to pay the course fees in full whether you complete the course or not.  Please ensure the monthly repayments are affordable before agreeing to any payment plan offered. 

14 Day Money Back Guarantee

Once log in has been issued or your study pack received at the requested delivery address, you have 14 days to ensure this course meets your needs and requirements. If you are not happy for any reason at all, simply email our accounts department with your request to cancel on [email protected]. We will offer a full refund. No questions asked !

Please note: Any request to cancel outside the 14 days cancellation period will be declined. We will not refund you under any circumstances outside of the legal 14 day cooling off period. If you have agreed student finance and opted to pay monthly, you are legally obliged to pay the balance of your fees once the 14 day period expires. 

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