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Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (RQF)

Ofsted Approved -Childcare NVQ - Ofqual Regulated

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12 months · Self-paced
Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) (RQF)
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  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma - Free
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  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Are you aiming to pursue a career in children's homes or boarding schools? If your answer is yes, then completing our Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare is essential. Recognised by Ofsted, this course is tailored for individuals currently working in or transitioning into a Residential Childcare setting. It provides comprehensive training and certification to ensure you're well-prepared to meet the challenges and demands of this rewarding profession.


Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) (RQF)

Regulated by Ofqual

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This course is completed online over 9 – 12 months on our online portal. Throughout this Level 3 Residential Childcare course, you will be assessed via written assignments, work product evidence, professional discussions, witness testimonies, and observation.

This qualification is a requirement for individuals working in children's homes under the new regulations introduced in April 2015. It has replaced the Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce (Social Care Pathway). All new employees must be enrolled in the Residential Childcare qualification.

The qualification focuses on developing the necessary knowledge and skills for working with children and young people in residential childcare settings, including understanding child and young person development. It equips learners with essential skills and knowledge to support children and young people in these settings, covering areas such as well-being, resilience, positive relationships, safety, sexual exploitation, communication, positive behaviour, and positive outcomes.

This course will meet your Ofsted requirements for looking after children in a children's home in semi-independent living or a residential home for children.

Who is this course for?

The Level 3 Diploma for Residential Childcare (England) is specifically designed for learners wanting to work in residential care with children in a care role. New residential care workers will need to achieve the qualification within two years of employment.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, candidates should have a job secured as a Support worker in a childcare setting and should be at least 18 years of age to begin this Level 3 Residential Childcare Course.

Career path

On completion of this Level 3 Residential Childcare Course, candidates will be able to work as a support worker in a residential childcare setting. You may be able to work in supported living accommodations, semi-independent living, children's residential homes and boarding schools.


City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma

Hard copy certificate - Included


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Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At Reed Courses, courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on Reed Courses, many of which can be completed online.

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body's logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.