Why we created this program

This common core skills distance learning course covers the 6 common core skills & knowledge areas for the childcare workforce, which is the required training for anyone wishing to register on the voluntary part of the Ofsted childcare register (VOCR).


The Common Core Of Skills and Knowledge for Ofsted registration is a set of principles and common values for practitioners that promote equality, respect diversity, and challenge stereotypes.


Common Core describes the skills and knowledge for everyone working with children and young people, reflecting a set of common values that promotes diversity, equality, and respect. This framework helps improve outcomes for all children, especially those considered at-risk or vulnerable, or living with disabilities. A multidisciplinary approach provides a more effective and integrated service that safeguards children and young people.


The way the Common Core is planned is to ensure all home carers meet a certain level of knowledge which is recognised by OFSTED.

What you receive when you sign up to the Babyem Common Core Skills & Knowledge Course:

With our online Common Core Skills & Knowledge training, you have the benefit of completing the course in your own time, at home, on the go, day or night.

Six core modules, which include a mixture of text, audio, videos and quizzes to support all learning styles.

The Common Core set out by the Children’s Workforce Development Council reflects a set of common values for practitioners. These areas include:


Communicating with children, young people, their parents, and carers

  • Good communication is central to working with children, young people, families and carers. It helps build trust and encourages them to seek advice and use services. It is an essential part of establishing and maintaining relationships and is an active process that involves listening, questioning, understanding and responding. It is important to communicate with children and young people appropriately to match the stage of their development and their individual needs.

Child and young person development

  • This module covers the physical, intellectual, linguistic, social and emotional growth and development of babies, children and young people.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child

  • Practitioners who work with children and young people have responsibilities to safeguard and promote their welfare. This is an important responsibility and requires careful attention. It means being able to recognize when a child or young person is not achieving their developmental potential, or when their physical or mental health is impaired. It means recognizing when a child is displaying risky or harmful behaviour or is being neglected or abused. It also means being able to identify where to source help for them and their families.

Supporting transitions

  • The term ‘transitions’ is used to refer to changes between services, such as moving from primary to secondary school. The term may also refer to life changes that may be common, such as experiencing puberty, or particular and personal transitions, not necessarily shared or understood by all their peers. These include family illness or the death of a close relative, divorce and the split of the family, issues related to sexuality, adoption, the process of asylum, leaving care, teenage pregnancy, disabilities, parental mental health or substance misuse, and the consequences of crime.

Multi-agency working

  • Multi-agency working means different services, agencies, teams of professionals and other staff working together to provide services that meet the needs of children, young people, and their parents or carers.

Sharing information

  • Sharing information in a timely and accurate way is an essential part of delivering better services to children, young people, their families and carers. Sometimes it can help to save lives. Practitioners at different agencies are required to work together and share information appropriately for the safety and well-being of children. It is vital to understand and respect legislation and ethics surrounding the confidentiality and security of information.

Training created and delivered by renowned industry specialists.

Support through our experienced team, who have extensive childcare experience.

Lifetime access to course materials.


After School Workers

After school workers who are looking for an opportunity to develop their skills and knowledge of integrated multi-agency working and information sharing, and effective communication skills for working with children and young people.


Au pairs who are caring for children and young people who are looking to develop their knowledge and skills to engage appropriately with children and their families, as well as knowing when and how to safeguard children and young people appropriately.


Nannies who are caring for younger children, and are looking to develop their knowledge of effective communication and engagement with children and their families, child and young person development, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child or young person, supporting transitions, multi-agency and integrated working, and information sharing.


Play workers and other professionals who are looking for a well-rounded foundation training of skills and knowledge for working with children and young people.

“As a result of this course, I now feel more confident in my role as a nanny, and now have a good understanding of how to support children in my care.”


Karen Griffen, Nanny


“At Nannies Incorporated we need our maternity nurses to be the best in the industry. We are continuously impressed by their level of maternity and nanny training.”

Nannies Incorporated

“We highly recommend Babyem as a maternity nurse course provider. Those with a background in childcare wishing to train as a maternity nurse should enrol.”

Maternally Yours

“We are really impressed not only with the content of the Babyem course and all that it covers, but also the teaching style and the flow of the day. “

Eden Private Staff

“Our Nanny candidates have consistently given us great feedback about Babyem, which cover a comprehensive range of skills and subjects.”

Greycoat Lumleys


As soon as you have completed the booking section, you will receive a welcome email with login details so you can start the course anytime.

You are welcome to complete the online course and not complete the assessment. If you choose to do this, on successful completion of all of the multiple-choice questions you will be given a certificate of achievement (non-accredited).

No, you are welcome to complete the course in your own time. Once you are sent your login details, you then have lifetime access to the content and course materials. This is useful when working with families and also should you be inspected by Ofsted and need to revisit the course materials.

When completing the Common Core Skills & Knowledge Training course you will have the option to upgrade and complete the OCN Level 3 assessment paper. To do this you will be required to pay an additional £40. You will then be able to access the assessment paper and will be given 7 weeks to complete this assessment. The assessment paper consists of 12 key questions, based on what you have learned during the course. Each question requires you to write 200-300 words each.


Once successfully completed (and marked and assessed) you will receive a level 3 accreditation through Open College Network. Please note the accreditation is not required for Ofsted registration, however it does show employers that you have a good understanding of the topics learned.

If you are completing the common core skills and knowledge course in order to register with Ofsted, once you have successfully completed all the modules you will be able to download your certificate of completion, which is suitable for those registering on the voluntary part of the Ofsted Childcare Register. You will be able to start the CR1 Ofsted registration form ONLY if you have completed the other steps ( DBS, public liability insurance and First Aid). We provide a full OFSTED package HERE.

In order to receive the OCN accreditation in the Common Core Skills, you will need to complete the essay-based assignment. The assessment details can be accessed on the course platform. You are given 7 weeks to complete the assessment. Each question is approximately 250- 300 words each and relates to the topics covered during the course. Once completed, you will need to send the assessment back to us and your work will be marked and then assessed by Open College Network. If there are any amendments to be made, we let you know by emailing you (or scheduling a call if required) and you are given extra time to make those amendments. Once your work has been successfully verified, you will receive your qualification through Open College Network.

Before signing up for this course, you are required to have:


A good level of conversational English. The course is taught in English and assignments must be completed in English.


In order to complete this course, candidates are required to have the following in place:


  • Internet access and a working email address
  • Up to date internet browser such as Google Chrome/ Internet Explorer/Safari/Firefox.
  • Ability to hear audio/video via your computer
  • Use of a computer to study the course – tablets and smartphones are not advisable for studying.

In MOST cases, childminders are required to complete the OCN Level 3 Introduction to Childcare Practice, which includes information about the key policies and procedures that childminders need to be aware of. 


We recommend that if you are a Childminder and care for children in your own home, you first contact your childminding coordinator at your local authority who will be able to advise what specific courses they recommend and what support they provide.

For good reason, we specialise in childcare and take education very seriously. Our training team include professionals that help write curriculum for leading vocational bodies and are all established and respected practitioners. 

We pride ourselves on delivering a standard of training that enables you to feel confident in the care that you provide to children and also when working with families.

If you have any questions please contact the Babyem team and we can happily help you. You can contact us here or email: [email protected]



Jackie is a qualified Early Years Practitioner, Assessor, Trainer and Paediatric First Aid Instructor with over 25 years in the early years/care and education sectors. Jackie has managed a large nursery, after school clubs, and regularly consultants for Local Authorities.



Tracey has been working in childcare training for over 20 years, working in the voluntary, public and private sector, delivering short courses as well as qualifications. As a previous expert panellist member for the awarding body CACHE, and current subject matter expert for Highfield, Tracey has considerable experience writing national course curriculum. Tracey is also a qualified Paediatric First Aid trainer and has delivered many courses to Local Authorities, Schools and Childcare establishments across the country.


Our trainers have extensive experience writing and delivering training. They have both consulted for awarding bodies, creating their national qualifications. This means you can feel confident you are learning from the best in the field.

“This course is set out in bite-sized modules, with a mixture of videos, text and quizzes making it easy to complete. I now not only feel more confident caring for children but feel I have plenty of ideas to support the children I care for too.”




  • Access to 5 core modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Private Facebook Group - lifetime access for ongoing support


  • Access to 5 core modules
  • Flexible & Accessible
  • Lifetime access to online course content
  • Private Facebook Group - lifetime access for ongoing support
  • Accreditation through Open College Network at Level 3 (A level standard)

Are you looking to register with Ofsted?

If you are looking to register with Ofsted you will also need to hold a valid Paediatric first aid course, enhanced DBS check, and public liability insurance. Through Babyem you can book individual services or book a package and save. For more information regarding registering as a nanny for Ofsted and step by step instructions on how to complete the CR1 Ofsted application form click the button below.


We offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. 

We are so confident in the quality of our training that we know that we are providing you with the best training in the industry, supported by leading experts.

However, we also want you to feel comfortable with your investment – so we offer a 14-day money-back guarantee. If you join and within 14 days and decide the program isn’t right for you, then you can request a full refund and we wish you well for the future. We are confident that you will love the course and we are very excited at the opportunity to support you and be part of your journey!


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