provides introductory training in home-based childcare
through the unit "Understand how to set up a home-based
childcare service". This is also known as CYPOP5.
It is PACEY's recommended preparatory course for prospective and
new childminders in England and Wales and it also covers the
requirements for nannies.
The unit is worth four credits and is one of
the optional units of the Diploma for the Children and Young
Accessing the training
The first thing to do is check that your local authority
(LA) recognises PACEY's CYPOP5 course. You may find that your
LA will fund you to take the course, or that they will only accept
their own course.
Once you've checked that PACEY's course is recognised, give our
customer services team a call to secure your place. Call 0300 003
0005 Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.
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 PACEY staff member or your local
authority early years team to find out if funding is available for
Individual learners can also access CYPOP5 via
e-learning, where they can undertake the course at times that suit
them. Learners are given six months to complete the course.
No matter how the course is delivered, all
learners receive a textbook as part of their course package and
will submit their assignments electronically. All learners have
access to extra online skills for life training as well.
What does the course cover?
- Setting up a home-based childcare
- Establishing a safe and healthy
- Working with parents
- Developing routines
- Play and activities to support equality and
- Safeguarding children
- Supporting positive behaviour.
Living in England? -Are you nearing the end of your CYPOP5 and
thinking of applying to Ofsted?
PACEY is pleased to be able to offer all online CYPOP5 learners
in England a FREE webinar. This webinar will help prepare you for
your registration visit and is based on the Ofsted document
“Preparing for your registration visit”.
During the webinar you will have the opportunity to chat to
fellow learners, ask questions relating to registration and revisit
elements of the EYFS to ensure you are confident and prepared. The
webinar lasts for two hours and you are advised to have a copy of
the “preparing for your registration visit” document to refer to
during the session.
These webinars will be running on a monthly basis and places are
limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
However, priority will be given to learners who have not had
contact with a tutor during their course.
To book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
quoting WEBCYPOP in the subject field of your email. Please give us
your full name, your CYPOP5 course reference (you can find this by
choosing My Profile and View Profile from the Navigation Panel on
the left hand side of your training screen) and your telephone
Some other learners have said, "Very interesting and you can
never go over the learning areas enough!" "I really enjoyed it, the
information has been a huge help if not a little scary, but good to
know what's expected."
We will let you know if you have a place on the webinar or not
within two working days of receipt of your email.
Find out more about:
CYPOP 5 syllabus
Unit 1: Understand how to set up a home based childcare
1.1 Outline the current legislation covering home based
childcare, and the role of regulatory bodies.
1.2 Develop policies and procedures for: accidents, illness and
emergencies; behaviour; safeguarding; equal opportunities and
explain how these will be implemented.
1.3 Explain the importance of confidentiality and data
1.4 Develop a marketing plan for your childcare service
1.5 Demonstrate financial planning.
1.6 Identify sources of support and information.
Unit 2: Understand how to establish a safe and healthy
home based environment for children.
2.1 Explain the key components of a healthy and safe home based
2.2 Explain the principles of safe supervision of children in
the home based setting and off site.
2.3 Identify ways of ensuring that equipment is suitable for
children and meets safety requirements.
2.4 Know where to obtain current guidance on health and safety
risk assessment of the home based work setting.
2.5 Explain how to store and administer medicines.
Unit 3: Understand the importance of partnerships with
parents for all aspects of the home based childcare
3.1 Explain the importance of partnership with parents for all
aspects of the child care service
3.2 Describe how partnership with parents are set up and
Unit 4: Understand the principles of development of
routines for home based child care.
4.1 Explain how routines are based on meeting a child’s needs;
agreements with parents; participation of children.
4.2 Explain how to adapt routines to meet the needs of children
at different ages and stages of development.
4.3 Explain how to ensure that each child is welcomed and valued
in the setting.
Unit 5: Understand how to provide play and other
activities for children in home based settings that will support
equality and inclusion.
5.1 Explain the importance of play to children’s learning and
development and the need for an inclusive approach.
5.2 Plan a challenging and enjoyable learning environment in the
home that includes using everyday domestic routines and household
5.3 Explain what can be learned about children by observing them
5.4 Identify how and why it is important that children receive
equal treatment and access, based on their individual needs and
acknowledging their rights.
5.5 Compare how other resources available for children support
Unit 6: Understand how home based child carers can
support the safeguarding of children in their care.
6.1 Explain the concept of safeguarding and the duty of care
that applies to all practitioners.
6.2 Outline the possible signs, symptoms, indicators and
behaviours that may cause concern in the context of
6.3 Outline regulatory requirements for safeguarding children
that affect home based childcare.
6.4 Explain the procedures that need to be followed by lone
workers in home based settings when harm or abuse are suspected or
alleged, either against them or third parties.
Unit 7: Understand the principles of supporting positive
behaviour in home based childcare settings.
7.1 Describe typical behaviours exhibited by
children linked to their stage of development and key events in
7.2 Explain how ground rules for behaviour and
expectations are developed and implemented.
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.
CYPOP5 - how long will it take?
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.
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.
CYPOP5 - what support is available to me?
You will be provided with the course text book that will support
you with your assignments as well as additional guidance in the
e-learning resource section. 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 652 2120 to speak to a member of staff.
How much will it cost?
The e-learning course costs £189.60 (including VAT) and includes
all assessment and registration fees, plus all learners receive a
free textbook written by PACEY. Some local authorities will fund
this course for prospective childminders. Contact your local Family
Information Service to find out if you can access funding and to
check whether your local authority recognises this course.
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.