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Introduction to Childminding Practice (March 2018)

South Thames Early Education Partnership and Teaching School Alliance. (STEEP)

Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 13:00 - Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 16:00 (GMT)

Introduction to Childminding Practice (March 2018)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
ICP Module 1 - 4 days of training 'Intro to Child
This fee covers Compulsory Basic Homebased Childcare training certificate required at Ofsted registration Visit. 3 days face to face training plus half day setting visit.
10 Mar 2018 £289.00 £0.00
ICP Module 2 - 1 day follow-on Safeguarding training   more info 10 Mar 2018 £80.00 £0.00
ICP Module 3 - 12 hour Paediatric First Aid   more info 10 Mar 2018 £80.00 £0.00

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Event Details

'Introduction to Childminding Practice' (Level 3)


Day 1 - Saturday  10th March 2018

Day 2 - Saturday  17th March 2018

Day 3 - Monday  9:30 -11:30am

Day 4 - Saturday 24th March 2018  


Time:  8.45 for a prompt 9am start am to 4.30pm  - plus home study.


This is a 3 day course running on 3 consecutive Saturdays. 

This course includes an additional half day visit to an Early Years nursery setting and Childminder Group. 


As part of this programme you will be invited to a Welcome session before the course starts to meet the STEEP Tutor and fellow course participants to help you feel well prepared for this course, and  set you on the road to your confident and succesful completion of this block of study.

STEEP also provide an individual  tutoritial session for course particpants with the STEEP tutor to help you meet your individual needs.

N.B.  Please ensure you have attended the Pre-Registration Briefing for Becoming a Childminder before you book this course.


The Certificate in Basic Compulsory Homebased Childcare Training

Required at Ofsted Registration

(Suitable for Childminders, assistants, au-pairs and nannies)


A Full Six Week Home Study Programme:

Childminders look after children on domestic premises usually in the childminder's own home. Being a childminder takes a variety of skills. Childminders are required to undertake compulsory training before they can register with Ofsted 

Delivering cutting edge practical learning and Early Years Foundation Stage 2017 learning to guide you; our certificated level three programme serves as the basic training for all prospective childminders, childminding assistants, au pairs and professional nannies. 

Attending the programme you will receive:-

  • A high quality home study programme
  • Receive learner pre-course information,  home study set reading and written assignment task (7 hours)
  •  50 hours /seven face to face tutor led training days run over six weeks
  • Home study business set up tasks
  • Tutor access and support throughout the six week programme
  • Full learning resources  to build an impressive homebased childcare
  • 'Portfolio of Evidence' self, parents, visitors and Ofsted Registration 

 To achieve this course you will need:-

  • A real passion for young children and the drive to ensure their best outcomes
  • Sufficient understanding and use of written English for the proposed wellbeing of children in your care
  • Suitable and sufficient childcare for your own children to allow full and punctual attendance at tutor days
  • To assign realistic home study time to perform business and childcare 'set up' tasks'
  • To complete the course to merit certification necessary at Ofsted registration visit


Course Content: 

DAY 1:  Preparing to Set Up a Homebased Childcare Business:

  •  Understanding the law, developing skills for good business management, marketing your business, finance, health and safety and developing effective partnerships with parents are some of the many aspects covered during this tutor-led day
  • At the end of Day 1 participants will be set four private study tasks.  These tasks are an important aspect of the course and will focus on whether you have acquired Day 1 knowledge needed for practice.  You will need to set a minimum of  five hours for completion of these home study tasks (full resources provided) to be submitted at Day 2


DAY 2:   Preparing to Work as a Homebased Educator:

  • This tutor led day enables you to understand the characteristics for young children's effective learning and the provision of educational activities matched to children's interests for the attainment of their early learning goals. There will also be DVD presentations promoting related techniques towards establishing effective daily routines at the home-based setting. 
  • You will be set three home study improvement tasks, which when completed you may share at your Ofsted registration visit


 DAY 3:  The Early Years Foundation Stage in Action:

  • This half day external learning experience takes place at the Chelwood Nursery School - rated outstanding by Ofsted.  An opportunity to observe exceptional adult/child relationships and how staff plan and promote children's individual learning needs in the Early Years Foundation Stage
  • We then move across to attend the registered childminders network meeting at Chelwood House meeting room  


DAY 4:  Preparing to Deliver the Statutory Learning and Development  Requirements:

  • This day introduces the critical tools childminders will use to show how young children are learning and achieving at their homebased setting.  We cover the statutory requirements as set down and engage in the practical the skills for recording, assessing and tracking every child's learning across the Early Years Foundation Stage seven key learning areas


Additional modules can be purchased as separately, including:

DAY 5: Keeping Children Safe:  Safeguarding Children

  • A certificated workshop to support everyone who works in childcare to understand their roles and responsibilities and most importantly the procedures to follow when you have concerns. 
  • We also cover the new 'Prevent duty responsibilities and how these relate to the Early Years Foundation Stage legal requirements


DAYS 6 & 7 Paediatric First Aid

  • All childminders are required by EYFS to hold a current paediatric first aid certificate at registration.  This is a 12 hour tutor-led, hands on course that takes place over two days


Post Course:  To support learners post course we invite you to attend our network support meetings and subscribe to our STEEP Childminder Annual Membership

Local Authority childminding support is also available to Childminders resident in  Lewisham


Terms and Conditions:   By purchasing this ticket online I agree to the following terms and conditions:

 Payment:  Payments are made on-line in advance of the event taking place. You may attend the event without having booked and paid for the place you may be turned away from the event.  It may be possible to make an online payment on arrival at the event to gain entry where places are available,  but this facility cannot be guaranteed.

  Timekeeping:  Prompt time keeping is essential in ensuring a professional learning environment.  Late-comers may be refused admission to the course/training event where entry may be detrimental to the learning of others.

 Cancellation: If you are no longer able to attend the course, please notify us by email, giving us at least 48 hours notice. If you fail to do this your full course fee will be retained.  In the event the organiser has to cancel or reschedule the event, your booking will be transferred to the next available date or a full refund provided.

 Refund policy: Refunds will only be given if the attendee gives  7 days  notice of non-attendance. After this time no refunds will be given.

Do you have questions about Introduction to Childminding Practice (March 2018)? Contact South Thames Early Education Partnership and Teaching School Alliance. (STEEP)

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Hatcham Oak Early Childhood Centre
Wallbutton Road
SE4 2NX London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 13:00 - Saturday, 24 March 2018 at 16:00 (GMT)

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South Thames Early Education Partnership and Teaching School Alliance. (STEEP)

STEEP - the South Thames Early Education Partnership;  

Six South London, Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres, with a long history working with children and families.

We believe every child deserves the best possible start in life and support to fulfill their potential. A child’s experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right, and provides the foundation for children to make the most of their own abilities and talents as they grow.
STEEP aims to support those working with young children and their families through the provision of a range of high quality professional development opportunities including:
  • Support and training for Childminders
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • CPD for Early Years professionals in schools and settings
  • Sharing practice and building networks across our learning community
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