L3 Award Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare
provides introductory training in home-based childcare
through the L3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-Based
Childcare. This is also known as HBCA. It is PACEY's recommended
preparatory course for prospective and new childminders in England
and it also covers the requirements for nannies. If you live in Wales,
please visit CYPOP5 in Wales.
Accessing the training
We would advise you to check with your local authority first to
see if you are eligible for any funding towards the course, and
then give our customer services team a call to secure your
place. Call 0300 003 0005 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to
5.00pm. If you are under 18 years old and do not have a
Sponsor, e.g. your college, you will also need to complete and
return a Guarantor
The course can be delivered in a face-to-face
setting over a number of sessions - ideal for groups of new and
prospective childcare practitioners in a local authority. PACEY can
deliver the course on behalf of local authorities so remember to
contact your local authority early years team or local
PACEY staff member to find out if funding is available for the
Individual learners can also access HBCA
via e-learning, where they can undertake the course at times that
suit them. Learners are given six months' membership with PACEY to
be able to access all of the support materials including:
- Practice guides
- How-to videos
- Online CPD learning
What does the course cover?
The award is made up of two units and, depending on the
method of training taken, it is estimated that it will take 50
learner hours to complete.
Unit 1 (click to expand)
Provides learners with the knowledge required to work with
children in a home-based childcare setting. It covers:
- Legislation and regulation relating to home based
- Safeguarding and child protection
- Health and safety in a home-based childcare environment
- Promoting equality, diversity and inclusion
- Day to day care routines for children
- Working in partnership
- Children’s learning and development
- The role of observation
Unit 2 (click to expand)
Prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. It
- Leading and managing a home-based childcare setting
- Financial and taxation requirements
- Creating a business plan
- Registration requirements for home-based childcarers
Find out more about
Unit 1 Understand how to set up a home-based childcare
Learning Outcome 1: Understand current legislation and
regulation in relation to home-based childcare
Learning Outcome 2:Understand how to establish a safe and
healthy home-based environment for children
Learning Outcome 3: Understand how to support the safeguarding,
protection and welfare of children
Learning Outcome 4: Understand how to promote equality,
diversity and inclusion
Learning Outcome 5: Understand how day-to-day care routines
promote children’s well-being
Learning Outcome 6: Understand how to work in partnership to
support children’s outcomes.
Learning Outcome 7: Understand children’s learning and behaviour
in relation to sequence, rate and stage of development
Learning Outcome 8: Understand the value of play in promoting
children’s learning and development
Learning Outcome 9: Understand the role of observation in
promoting children’s learning and development
Unit 2: Understand how to set up a home-based childcare
Learning Outcome 1: Understand how to lead and manage a
home-based childcare setting
Learning Outcome 2: Understand how to comply with financial and
taxation requirements when setting up a home based childcare
Learning Outcome 3: Understand how to create a business plan
Learning Outcome 4: Understand how to register with the
appropriate regulatory body.
Assessments - What will you be assessed on?
The assessments are all linked to the full
You’ll need to produce a range of work for
- Information sheets about childcare regulation
- Written policies and procedures
- Explanations of confidentiality and data protection
- A business plan for your childcare service business
- A leaflet for other carers about safety in the setting
- A parents’ charter showing how parents and carers work in
- An explanation of your understanding of equality and
- Information about safeguarding and how to identify potential
child protection issues
- A report on children’s behaviour and how to encourage positive
All the work is submitted and assessed online,
and you’ll have the support of online learning materials and
accompanying textbook when completing the work.
What does the new award cover?
The HBCA has been developed to equip learners looking to operate
in a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder,
childminding assistant or nanny. Unit 1 provides learners with the
knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare
setting whilst Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home-based
Do I need approval from Ofsted or my Local Authority to do the
Ofsted do not approve courses. From September 2014, learners can
choose to do any childcare course they wish as long as it contains
content that helps them to understand and implement the EYFS.
Is it a recognised qualification?
Yes, the award has been developed in partnership with the
awarding organisation CACHE and learners are issued with a full
certificate on completion.
Is it replacing CYPOP5?
For Learners in England it will replace CYPOP5. For learners in Wales, CYPOP5
will remain the approved childcare course.
How long do I have to do the course?
Once you’ve signed up, you can access the course as and when you
want to and you will have six months in which to complete it. It is
difficult to say how long each assessment will take to complete as
this will depend on your knowledge and early years experience,
however the average time for completing the course is ten to twelve
weeks. You must complete the course within six months. The online
course will take approximately 50 learner hours to complete.
Will it be available as a face to face course?
It may be available in some areas. Check with your local
I have done CYPOP5, does that mean I need to now do the
No CYPOP5 remains as a suitable introductory course.
What level is the award and can it be used towards a further
It is a level 3 award and although it is not a direct route to
the Early Years Educator the subjects covered make a useful
introduction to CACHE's Early Years Educator qualifications.
I have been working as a childminder for a number of years, is
there any benefit in doing the course?
The award can be used as a refresher course for those childcare
professionals who feel they would like to update their knowledge of
legislation and regulation and to improve their current
What is the assessment process?
Within five days of being sent your login
details you will be allocated an assessor. You can start submitting
your assignments as soon as you are ready to, and they will be
assessed within five working days. If any work needs extra
information, you will be provided with feedback to guide you. You
can expect to receive an introductory message from your
Tutor/Assessor within seven days of receiving your log in
instructions. A copy of the message will be sent to your email
inbox. You will not be able to reply to this message by email. To
reply to messages from your Tutor/Assessor you will need to log in
to the e-learning website and use the in-system messaging service.
Once you have been marked competent in all your tasks your
certificate will be ordered from our awarding body.
HBCA - what support is available to me?
You will be supported online by your PACEY tutor or assessor.
Your PACEY Tutor/Assessor is committed to helping you to achieve
your learning objectives. You will be able to message your assessor
at any time through our e-learning platform with any questions you
have about the course, its content, or your work and they will
respond within five working days. Technical support is available
from the PACEY administration team, either by emailing email@example.com or calling
0800 003 0005 to speak to a member of staff.
How much will it cost?
The e-learning course costs £219.60.
The face to face course costs £306.92.
The blended course costs £281.72.
All prices include VAT
The above costs include all assessment and registration fees.
Some local authorities will fund this course for prospective
childminders. Contact your local Family Information Service to find
out if you can access funding.
Refunds and cancellation period
Logging into your e-learning account indicates acceptance that
your training (and our performance of the contract) is deemed to
have begun and that you agree that if you cancel within the 14 day
cancellation period we are still entitled to charge you for
services we have provided from the date you were able to access the
training until the point at which you cancel.
Please see our cancellation rights policy for more information
about returns and refunds.