CYPOP5 in Wales

PACEY provides introductory training in home-based childcare for childcarers in Wales.

Please note that due to the changes to qualifications for the childcare sector in Wales from September 2019, the final date to enrol on the CYPOP5 course was the 31st July 2019. For further information on the new home-based childcare courses please contact the PACEY Cymru office at or 02920 351 407.

The unit "Understand how to set up a home-based childcare service" is also known as CYPOP5. It is PACEY's recommended preparatory course for prospective and new childminders in Wales and it also covers the requirements for nannies. Before this course, if you are looking to register as a childminder, you need to attend a briefing session.

Accessing the training

The first thing to do is to attend a briefing session. These are available either through PACEY or through your local authority. Contact PACEY Cymru on 02920 351407 or email to find out more about your individual local authority’s position. Some local authorities will also fund you to complete the CYPOP5 course and we can also give you information on funding available. Once these points have been confirmed we can guide you through the process of enrolling onto a course.

Course delivery

The course is delivered either face-to-face (classroom based) or online, whichever suits you best.

The face-to-face course is delivered 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.You will also get six months' free PACEY learner membership with this product.  Assessment of the course is through a multiple choice assessment.

The online course is through e-learning 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 as the online course is assessed through a portfolio of work. The average learner completes the online CYPOP5 in around three months, but in order to give you plenty of time to research and complete the assessment tasks, you will have access to your training, and the support of your expert assessor, along with learner membership of PACEY, for six months from the date of purchase.

All learners are able to access resources through the members area on the PACEY website using their free PACEY learner membership to support around completion of the course.

What does the course cover?

  • Setting up a home-based childcare service in Wales
  • Establishing a safe and healthy environment
  • Working with parents
  • Developing routines
  • Play and activities to support equality and inclusion in line with the areas of learning of the Foundation Phase
  • Safeguarding children
  • Supporting positive behaviour.

How much does it cost?

Both the CYPOP5 face-to-face and online course cost £264 (including VAT) per learner. The course fees include all assessment and registration fees.