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Home-Based Childcare: Introduction

Tuesday 22 January 2019
09:30 - 12:00
14.0 Hours / 7 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

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£126.00 Course symbols: N

Course description

A thorough introduction to starting as a childminder, including an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted requirements for registration. Aimed at those who have no formal knowledge or experience in caring for children. Covering important aspects of childminding including the qualities of a childminder, working in partnership with parents, the importance of play, child development, Health and Safety and basic business skills. Regular attendance, weekly assessment and a completed homework task ensure students achieve a College Certificate. Paediatric First Aid follow on course will be available if required.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course although a good level of English is required to complete the topics and homework and to be a Childminder.

What you will learn

The course will cover a number of aspects of Childminding, including the Qualities of a Childminder, Working in Partnership with Parents, The importance of Play, Child Development, Health and Safety and basic Business Skills and an overview of the EYFS and related documents.

How you will learn on this course

Lessons will take place in the classroom, and you will take part in group discussion, small group work and work sheet based written tasks. There will also be short film clips to watch, some role play, and practical activities.

How you will be assessed on this course

1. Discuss the qualities that make a good childminder. 2. State the importance of parent partnership. 3. Explain the growth and development of young children. 4. Encourage healthy living and eating for families. 5. Recognise that play is children’s work. 6. Identify learning opportunities and how to share them with children. 7. Examine the EYFS, Development Matters, and Early Years Outcomes Requirements. 8. Explain Equality and Diversity, Identify how you will achieve this. 9. Identify Health and Safety concerns , explain how to manage Risk. 10. Explain what is meant by Safeguarding. 11. Consider your next step to running your own Childminding Business.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)

Not applicable.

What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

There will be a short Homework Task to complete each week.

What you need for your course

You may be required to bring examples of play equipment/resources to practical exercises. You will need to read (Download or purchase a copy) of the following documents: 1. The Early Years Foundation Stage Requirements. 2. Development Matters. 3. Early Years Outcomes. 4. The Early Years and Childcare Registration Handbook.

What you need to bring to the first class

Pen and Note book.

What you can do next

Improve your English or Maths functional skills. This course will give you the grounding to move forward in a childcare career. You might like to move on to a longer Childcare course. Introduction to Early Years Education and Care: Level 2 Certificate – CACHE. Level 3 Award in Preparing to Work in Home Based Child Care- CACHE. To register as a Childminder you will need to. Check with your Landlord or home Title Deeds that you can legally run a business from your home. Complete and pass a 12 Hour Paediatric First Aid Course. Attend your Local Authority EYFS Information Session. Register with Ofsted, Complete a Health Declaration booklet, obtain DBS checks for anyone over the age of 16 in your home. Do you need to bring your qualifications up to date in Maths, English or ICT? – Look at our Functional Skills English, Maths, GCSE and ICT course offer. We also offer courses and one to one training on iPads/tablets, iPhones and laptops.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor may ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. This paperwork is a requirement of the College’s Quality Improvement Programme.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking