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Child draws while childcarer assits.PACEY 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 People’s Workforce.

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.

Course delivery

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 the training.

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 service
  • Establishing a safe and healthy environment
  • Working with parents
  • Developing routines
  • Play and activities to support equality and inclusion
  • 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 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 number.

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.

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CYPOP 5 syllabus

Unit 1: Understand how to set up a home based childcare service.

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 protection.

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 environment.

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 service.

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 maintained.

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 items.

5.3 Explain what can be learned about children by observing them at play.

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 their play.

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 safeguarding.

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 their lives.

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 course syllabus.

You’ll need to produce a range of work for assessment, including:

  • 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 partnership
  • An explanation of your understanding of equality and diversity
  • Information about safeguarding and how to identify potential child protection issues
  • A report on children’s behaviour and how to encourage positive behaviour.

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 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.

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