Early Years

ICC Course Breakdown

ICC Course Breakdown

ICC is a course approved by the Local Authority meeting the registration requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Childcare register.  ICC covers every aspect of being a registered childminder – from meeting children’s learning needs to working in partnership with parents and other professionals.

The course that supports you to complete the registration requirements is carried out over 3 Saturdays, during term time. You will need to attend all sessions and complete tasks that will support your practice when registered, in order to receive your attendance certificate. Considerable support is offered throughout the course to enable you to gain maximum benefit.

Week 1: The first week covers the following topics:

Health and Safety and an introduction to the Early Years Foundation Stage & Childcare Register Requirements, including

  • risk assessing both in the home and on outings,
  • healthy food options, allergies & allergens,
  • waste management,
  • accidents and incidents,
  • sickness and managing medication
  • managing behaviour and
  • Making a positive contribution (inclusion and participation)

Routines and partnership working,

This will include settling children and families into the setting, working in partnership with parents and other professionals and confidentiality.

The task following this session will be the creation of a Risk Assessment of your home and a Policy and Procedure relating to Health and Safety.

Week 2:

Safeguarding Children (Child Protection) 

During this session, we will look at your role in protecting children, signs and symptoms of abuse.  Advice on how to deal with concerns and how to report abuse will be shared along with information on how to keep yourself and your family safe from allegations of abuse. This will include the Prevent Strategy. Information will be shared to support you to understand the Early Help strategy.   The task for this part of the session will be the creation of a Child Protection Policy and Procedure using guidance provided by the Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Child development

We look at the value of play in relation to the individual child’s needs, looking at the necessity to have an awareness of British Values and how to implement them within the setting. 

Observation, Assessment & Planning

This session looks at the role of observation in promoting children’s learning and development and how it plays such a vital role in planning to meet the needs of the children.  An observation will be completed within the session.  We will examine the ‘Development Matters’ guidance, 2 year old progress checks and the importance of communication skills

Week 3: 

Being a Self-Employed Childminder – Business


We will discuss how to create and implement Policies and Procedures and the need to adhere to confidentiality requirements.  We will also look at the application process to enable you to offer the Funding Entitlement to 2-4year olds in your setting

Legislation including HMRC

The session looks at the legislative requirements for the Childminding Business. Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Business planning and marketing. 

‘Where we go from Here’ – including future support & training opportunities once the course is finished

By now it is expected that you will have applied for the DBS checks, you will have booked on or completed a First Aid course, applied for your Health Declaration from your doctor and begun to create a portfolio of evidence for parents and Ofsted The final task for the course will be a Multiple Choice question paper to be completed together within the final course session.. 

Buckinghamshire Council subsidises the cost of the ICC, and the cost to learners wishing to attend is £100

The free pre-registration briefing session and the subsidised ICC are only for people who live in Buckinghamshire and pay their council tax to Buckinghamshire Council.

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