CYPOP5 syllabus and assessment

CYPOP5 is the recommended course for new childcare providers in Wales.

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.

For the face-to-face course, the assessment is via a Multiple Choice Questionnaire.

For the online course, you will need to produce a range of work for assessment, which is submitted and assessed online.  This includes: 

  • 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.

Whichever route of CYPOP5 course you choose you will have the support of online learning materials and accompanying textbook.