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Course Overview

If you are great with kids, have an ambition to work in the childcare sector, to become a childminder or nanny, or to help out in a nursery, then our brand new Childminding Course really is for you. It's also perfect for anybody considering a new career or setting up a small business in Child Minding.

If you have always wanted to work with children, but didn't know where to start, you've come to the right place!

Our acclaimed Child Minder course helps anybody who wants to work in the childcare sector to gain an accreditation that is recognised throughout the industry. Better still, this fantastic course requires no previous experience, just a passion for the subject!

More and more women are returning to work after having children, and this fact, coupled with the U.K.'s culture of long working hours have led to a huge increase in the need for childcare. Since the ECM initiative was introduced in 2002, there has been an increasing drive for anybody involved with caring for children to get recognised professional training.

A glance at the titles of the individual modules (click the ‘Course Outline’ tab above) shows you just what this fantastic course is about. It covers all of the developmental needs of children in some detail, including their physical needs such as the types of food that are best for them (and nutritional guidelines), the benefits of adequate rest and sleep, learning through play and common childhood illnesses. It addresses their psychological needs too – love, security, positive reinforcement of behaviour – and education.

The course goes on to explore issues surrounding behaviour management, child abuse and the legal framework, and your roles and responsibilities as a care provider, counsellor or parent. It also discusses and informs on the complexities of the various agencies and legislative frameworks in place to protect children. Developing positive working relationships, and the subtleties of communicating with children are also covered.

The final section addresses the business aspects of working as a childminder, including deeper explanation of the legal responsibilities mentioned earlier, the need for registration with appropriate authorities and becoming a member of the NCMA (National Child Minding Association). Health and safety issues, drawing up contracts and agreements, and such matters as how to determine the number of children you can care for in various situations, are dealt with to complete the package

Be aware that whatever you intend to do in the childcare working environment, there are a few additional mandatory elements of training you will need to undertake, no matter who you study or train with. These are laid down by legislation and statute, so are not optional.

However, they are neither difficult nor expensive:

The course itself fulfills the main criteria, that for delivering a recognised introductory syllabus

In addition you will need to undertake a First Aid qualification, which takes only one day and can be done with St John's Ambulance Brigade very cheaply and easily

You will also need to register with Ofsted, and they may need to conduct a home visit if you are providing childcare facilities in your own home. That's it!

COURSE MATERIALS

One of the key benefits of studying Child Minding with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively.

The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. But with My Distance Learning College, because you have all the materials available from the outset, you can move faster through sections you are more confident with, and take more time over the deeper ideas that need more thought and understanding.

Focus Award Accredited at Level 3

This course has been endorsed by Focus Awards through their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme. The content and depth of study required have been benchmarked at Level 3.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful graduation you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a Diploma from My Distance Learning College.

Although the course is comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

EXCLUSIVE HIGH-VALUE PACKAGE FOR STUDENTS - FREE!

When you become a Student of My Distance Learning College you are eligible to receive the following:

1. A fully functioning business website, with free personal domain name and hosting for one year worth at least £175

2. Personal listing in an online directory exclusively for graduates of My Distance Learning College Courses, which lets the world know of your success and achievement - worth £39.99

3. Career consultancy and free CV appraisal by one of the industry leaders in the UK - worth £64.99

4. Employment tools, including expert advice on interview preparation - worth at least £67

Total Value is a minimum of £346.98 – it's almost as if you're getting your course for nothing!

What are you waiting for – order TODAY and get your career into overdrive!

Great news! We are now able to offer a next day delivery service that provides you with a specific time slot by email or SMS for when your course materials will arrive. No more sitting in all day!

Learning Outcomes

RECOGNISE THE SKILLS REQUIRED TO UNDERTAKE CHILDMINDING

UNDERSTAND THE LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE CHILDMINDER

UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF UNDERTAKING THE TRAINING AVAILABLE TO CHILDMINDERS

RECOGNISE HOW TO GET THE BUSINESS STARTED

UNDERSTAND THE NECESSITY FOR SAFETY WITHIN THE HOME

UNDERSTAND HOW TO NEGOTIATE A CONTRACT

UNDERSTAND HOW TO WRITE AND IMPLEMENT POLICIES

UNDERSTAND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO KEEP ACCURATE ACCOUNTS

Unit 1 Child Development

Stages of growth and development

Factors which affect growth and development

Supporting children with special educational needs

Key transitions in a child’s life

Unit 2 Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity within the child care setting

Unit 3 Physical Needs

Nutrients and Additives

Dietary Differences

Meeting children’s rest and sleep needs

Hygiene in the child care setting

Common childhood illnesses

Recording accidents and emergencies

Unit 4 Learning Through Play

Using topics and themes

Exploring the senses

The seven “C’s” and spice

The importance of planning

Observing and assessing children

The Early Years Foundation Stage

Unit 5 Behaviour Management

Reasons for misbehaviour

How children learn about behaviour

Expected stages of behaviour

Encouraging appropriate behaviour

Unit 6 The legal responsibilities of the practitioner

Registering as a childminder

OFSTED - The aims of the registration system

The grading system

Regulations and legislation

Understanding the legal requirements of registration

Your responsibilities to parents

Your responsibilities to children

The importance of policies

Unit 7 Promoting positive working relationships

Promoting positive working relationships

Types of family structure

Types of parents

Working with parents

Confidentiality

Communication between practitioners, parents and school

Accessing childcare services

Support for Childminders

How to protect yourself and your family from allegations

Unit 8 Child Protection Issues and Abuse

Child Protection Timeline

The Children Act 1989

The protection of Children Act 1999

The Children Act 2004

Every Child Matters

Childcare Act 2006

United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989

Further Legislation

Working Together to Safeguard Children

Common Assessment Framework

Local Safeguarding Children Boards

Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

Model of need

Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)

Emergency Protection Orders

Social Policy and Social Exclusion

Child Abuse

When you have successfully completed this course you will receive a Level 3 Certificate of achievement in Childminding from Focus Award. Once you have this certification you will be able to further enhance your employability in the sector, industry or area of interest by continuing your studies to the next level if you wish.

This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 3 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Focus Awards is requalted as an Awarding Organisation by Ofqual, the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. FQP programmes are designed to give formal recognition to courses in a wide range of subjects that fall outside the QCF. They are not qualifications; on successful graduation from the course you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a Diploma from My Distance Learning College.

FQP courses are ideal for professionals required to demonstrate commitment to CPD (Continuous Professional Development), and for those wanting to gain specialist knowledge of a particular subject.

Can anyone do the course?

Anybody with a reasonable standard of general education will be able to cope with the academic demands of the course. If you can read and write well enough to complete a job application, and have a good grasp of basic maths (add, subtract and divide) you should have no problems. The course materials are written in simple everyday language and the answers to your assignments will be completed in the same style. In addition to the comprehensive course materials provided, you will receive a Study Guide to assist you, and, of course, you will have the support of your tutor.

What will the course cover?

The course covers the areas of study listed above through detailed exploration of the subject matter. You will also receive tasks and prompts for further personal exploration and research to carry out so that you can gauge how much you have learned. There are plenty of examples to help you but personal research is a prerequisite at this level, so be prepared to use your initiative to fully answer the assignments.

Is the course accredited?

This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 3 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF).

Although the course is comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

What does the course prepare me for?

The course materials and accompanying tasks will help you to develop the necessary knowledge and confidence to successfully complete the tutor marked assignments. The tasks are designed to encourage you to apply your knowledge, and help you to develop relevant research and academic writing skills.

This course has been accredited through the Focus Awards “Focus on Quality Provision” (FQP) Scheme. The course content and depth of study required have been benchmarked against Level 3 on the Qualification Credit Framework (QCF). Your work is not graded; assignments are simply identified as Pass, Fail or Referred. For assignments not passed at first attempt, your tutor will advise on the improvements to be made to obtain a Pass on a reworking. Certificates will be issued by Focus Awards on successful completion of all the assignments.

How do I send in my work?

You email your assignments one at a time for marking. This enables your tutor to properly assess the standard and style of your work for each section, and give you feedback which will be used on your next assignment; a process of continuous improvement. On obtaining feedback and comment you will either move on to the next assignment or review and rework the one you submitted.

If I fail an assignment can I retake it?

Yes, your tutor will ask you to resubmit your assignment and give you some pointers as to where you could improve.

What do I receive once I order the course?

We will send you ALL the course materials. This consists of a folder and Study Guide, plus a package of bonus materials and items to enhance your learning experience.

Is there a time limit or any deadlines?

The course should be completed within 12 months, but can be extended for a small fee if your tutor supports your request. As a rough guide, depending on your circumstances and commitment, the course can be completed in about 100 study hours. There are no other deadlines to meet.

Is there a word count for my assignments?

There is a suggested word count given for the tutor marked assignments, but it is more important that you demonstrate to your tutor that you have fully understood the questions; a comprehensive Study Guide is included with the course. Many students start slowly at first, but your tutor will give guidance to help and encourage you to improve.

What if I don’t like the course? Can I send it back?

Yes, if you are not happy with the course and feel it is not for you, you can return it within 7 days in accordance with the terms and conditions on our web site: www.mydistance-learning-college.com.

Do I need a computer to take the course?

Yes, you will need access to email and the internet to submit assignments and do research. Most students also find word-processing their assignments is much more convenient than writing by hand.

Is the course paper-based or online?

The course is paper-based and comes in a sturdy folder. Alternatively, start your course immediately and save £££’s by studying exclusively online, with full access to your course materials and tutor support, studying has never been easier!

Why did you become a childminder?

I had been working as a manager in the retail sector for a number of years; when I had my first child, I did not feel ready to go back to that sort of working environment as I always felt very stressed and often worked long hours. I wanted to be able to spend time at home with my daughter and husband but I was unsure what direction to go in. I considered starting my own business but struggled to pin down an idea.

I loved being at home with my daughter, and it was my husband who suggested that I become a childminder. It was ideal because I was already at home with my daughter and we had plenty of space.

I spoke to my local authority about what I needed to do. They explained that I needed to undertake an introductory childcare course (some local authorities require you to complete a course that they run themselves), and that I would also need to do a paediatric first aid course. I completed both of these and was able to apply for registration as a childminder with OfSTED.

What hours would I work as a childminder?

The hours you work are very much set by you, but they would need to fit in with the needs of parents. Some childminders also offer weekend and overnight care for children whose parents who work shifts or unsociable hours.

How much can I expect to earn as a childminder?

Childminders charge on average between £3.63 - £5.42 an hour per child, although this also depends on the area of the country you work in.

You would need to make arrangements for paying tax, insurance and to pay for costs such as toys, equipment and meals. There are start-up grants available in some areas to help with these costs.

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Course Overview

If you are great with kids, have an ambition to work in the childcare sector, to become a childminder or nanny, or to help out in a nursery, then our brand new Childminding Course really is for you. It's also perfect for anybody considering a new career or setting up a small business in Child Minding.

If you have always wanted to work with children, but didn't know where to start, you've come to the right place!

Our acclaimed Child Minder course helps anybody who wants to work in the childcare sector to gain an accreditation that is recognised throughout the industry. Better still, this fantastic course requires no previous experience, just a passion for the subject!

More and more women are returning to work after having children, and this fact, coupled with the U.K.'s culture of long working hours have led to a huge increase in the need for childcare. Since the ECM initiative was introduced in 2002, there has been an increasing drive for anybody involved with caring for children to get recognised professional training.

A glance at the titles of the individual modules (click the ‘Course Outline’ tab above) shows you just what this fantastic course is about. It covers all of the developmental needs of children in some detail, including their physical needs such as the types of food that are best for them (and nutritional guidelines), the benefits of adequate rest and sleep, learning through play and common childhood illnesses. It addresses their psychological needs too – love, security, positive reinforcement of behaviour – and education.

The course goes on to explore issues surrounding behaviour management, child abuse and the legal framework, and your roles and responsibilities as a care provider, counsellor or parent. It also discusses and informs on the complexities of the various agencies and legislative frameworks in place to protect children. Developing positive working relationships, and the subtleties of communicating with children are also covered.

The final section addresses the business aspects of working as a childminder, including deeper explanation of the legal responsibilities mentioned earlier, the need for registration with appropriate authorities and becoming a member of the NCMA (National Child Minding Association). Health and safety issues, drawing up contracts and agreements, and such matters as how to determine the number of children you can care for in various situations, are dealt with to complete the package

Be aware that whatever you intend to do in the childcare working environment, there are a few additional mandatory elements of training you will need to undertake, no matter who you study or train with. These are laid down by legislation and statute, so are not optional.

However, they are neither difficult nor expensive:

The course itself fulfills the main criteria, that for delivering a recognised introductory syllabus

In addition you will need to undertake a First Aid qualification, which takes only one day and can be done with St John's Ambulance Brigade very cheaply and easily

You will also need to register with Ofsted, and they may need to conduct a home visit if you are providing childcare facilities in your own home. That's it!

COURSE MATERIALS

One of the key benefits of studying Child Minding with My Distance Learning College is that we deliver the entire package of course materials in a single dispatch. This enables our students to get a real feel for the overall structure and content of the course, and chart their progress much more effectively.

The modular method of delivery favoured by other providers breaks up and interrupts the learning process. But with My Distance Learning College, because you have all the materials available from the outset, you can move faster through sections you are more confident with, and take more time over the deeper ideas that need more thought and understanding.

Focus Award Accredited at Level 3

This course has been endorsed by Focus Awards through their Focus on Quality Provision (FQP) Scheme. The content and depth of study required have been benchmarked at Level 3.

Focus Awards is a member of the Federation of Awarding Bodies (FAB) and is regulated by Ofqual. Established 2011, Focus Awards is founded on three core values – Honesty, Integrity and Fairness – that underpin everything they do.

The FQP scheme is designed to give endorsement to non-regulated qualifications in a wide range of subjects. On successful graduation you will receive a Focus Awards Certificate of Achievement and a Diploma from My Distance Learning College.

Although the course is comprehensive and informative, we do expect you to carry out your own investigations. After all, if you are not prepared to do your own research, you should be asking yourself if this is the right subject choice for you!

EXCLUSIVE HIGH-VALUE PACKAGE FOR STUDENTS - FREE!

When you become a Student of My Distance Learning College you are eligible to receive the following:

1. A fully functioning business website, with free personal domain name and hosting for one year worth at least £175

2. Personal listing in an online directory exclusively for graduates of My Distance Learning College Courses, which lets the world know of your success and achievement - worth £39.99

3. Career consultancy and free CV appraisal by one of the industry leaders in the UK - worth £64.99

4. Employment tools, including expert advice on interview preparation - worth at least £67

Total Value is a minimum of £346.98 – it's almost as if you're getting your course for nothing!

What are you waiting for – order TODAY and get your career into overdrive!

Great news! We are now able to offer a next day delivery service that provides you with a specific time slot by email or SMS for when your course materials will arrive. No more sitting in all day!

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