Preparing to work in home-based childcare

Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home-based Childcare (HBCA) is the most comprehensive qualification to help you cover everything you need to become a home-based childcarer.

It will, along with the free HBCA Student membership of PACEY you'll get for the duration of your course, help you prepare fully for your new career as a professional childcarer in a home-based setting.

HBCA is a regulated qualification (officially recognised) and many of the criteria covered can be mapped to the Early Years Educator Qualification. This means that if you choose to progress with your studies to a full Level 3 qualification you can use some of the knowledge gained in the award. Not all pre-registration childminding courses are regulated qualifications. 

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Preparing to Work in Home-Based Childcare is a Level 3 Award. If you want to work in a home-based childcare setting as a registered childminder, childminding assistant or nanny, it's the perfect course for you.

The qualification is also intended to help existing childcare professionals improve their expertise, covering topics from how to work effectively with children in a home-based childcare role to robust advice on setting up a home-based business. 

Course details

The HBCA is an e-learning course completed online so you’ll need access to a computer, and some basic computer skills, to complete the course. It is designed to be flexible and to allow you to combine a qualification whilst balancing work commitments and family life. You can view your training on or offline on an Apple or Android handheld device (a phone or tablet), but you will need access to a PC or laptop in order to upload your written assignments to the e-learning platform. 

Course structure

The award is made up of two units.

Unit 1 provides learners with the knowledge required to work with children in a home-based childcare setting. It covers subject areas such as:

  • legislation and regulation relating to home based childcare
  • 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
  • play
  • the role of observation.

Unit 2 prepares learners to set up a home based childcare business. It covers:

  • leading and managing a home-based childcare setting
  • financial and taxation requirements when setting up a home-based childcare setting
  • creating a business plan
  • registration requirements for home-based childcarers.

HBCA is delivered by The Childcare Company