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Course overview

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course emphasises the importance of maintaining good hygiene while preparing food for children as a childminder. It covers a range of practical considerations, including identifying and managing hazards, virus prevention, avoiding food poisoning and maintaining personal hygiene. The course also reviews effective cleaning methods, managing pests and pets and provides an overview of the laws governing food preparation.

For those who work in an early years setting, we recommend our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Early Years course, which addresses specific situations you may encounter.

We recommend complementing this course with our online Food Allergen Awareness Training. It delves deeper into the nuances of food allergies and allergens, offering comprehensive insights that are essential for ensuring optimal food safety and customer wellbeing.

We offer a discounted online Training Bundle for Childminders. This bundle includes this online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course, as well as this online Safeguarding for Childminders course. If you have a specific training need and would like a custom bundle of courses, please contact our customer services team.

  • Developed by food hygiene and safety professionals
  • In line with the latest food handling legal requirements
  • Assured by RoSPA and accredited by The CPD Group
  • Accepted by Local Authorities
  • Specific food hygiene scenarios and content for childminders and those working in childcare roles in their own homes
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Fully online and instant access 24/7
  • Use any device with internet access
  • Stop and restart at any point
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Free retakes if needed

Bulk buy discounts

Number of courses: Price per course (excl VAT)
1 to 9 £15.00
10 to 19£13.50
20 to 49£12.75
50 to 74£12.00
75 to 99£11.25

Volume discount applied at checkout

What you will learn

This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course assists childminders in fulfiling their legal responsibilities and adhering to safe food handling practices when caring for children in their homes.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Identify and explain the key aspects of food safety.
  • Recognise common food hazards and implement preventive measures.
  • Maintain high standards of personal hygiene while handling food and working in food preparation areas.
  • Distinguish between various cleaning methods and apply them appropriately in a work environment.
  • Understand the causes of food poisoning and how to prevent it.
  • Take measures to prevent pest infestations.
  • Explain how food safety legislation impacts individuals in the workplace and the role of food safety management systems.


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1. Introduction

In this module, you’ll learn the basics of food hygiene, including what it means to be a ‘food handler’. We’ll also cover the laws that food handlers need to follow and talk about why good food hygiene is important.

2. Common Food Hazards

In this module, you’ll learn about the different risks that can come up when preparing food. We’ll start by going over the four main types of hazards. We’ll discuss the problems bacteria can cause and look at the most common allergens, which is important knowledge for safely feeding young children. In addition, you’ll learn the right temperatures for cooking and storing food to keep it safe.

3. Virus Control

Poor hygiene can help viruses spread quickly. In this module, we’ll talk about how to prevent viruses from spreading, whether it’s just for one person or in the wider context of food service.

4. Food Poisoning and Prevention

Food poisoning is very unpleasant and can even be life-threatening, especially for young children. When you prepare food for young children, it’s crucial to know how food can be hazardous, recognise the usual signs of food poisoning and understand how to avoid it.

5. Personal Hygiene

Keeping your hands clean and your clothes uncontaminated can really help avoid hygiene issues. In this module, we’ll learn the methods to maintain personal hygiene. We’ll also talk about using protective clothing and following hygiene rules.

6. Cleaning and Disinfection

This module teaches you the right ways to clean and sanitise places where food is kept and made. You’ll learn how to use cleaning products correctly to keep food areas safe. We will also cover the benefits of having a cleaning schedule and using a step-by-step cleaning process.

7. Pests and Pets

Pest infestations can pose serious health risks and even shut down a childminder’s business. This module explores common pests and how to minimise the risk of infestation.

8. The Law and HACCP

This module offers information about food safety management, a crucial topic for anyone handling food. Inspectors will check that you keep detailed and current records of your food safety practices and that you manage risks well. This module guides you on meeting legal standards and explains the consequences of not following the rules.

Who is this course for?

  • Childminders
  • Nannies and nanny agencies
  • Au-pair and au-pair agencies
  • Baby sitters and baby sitting agencies

This online Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course is designed for anyone doing a childcare role in their own home. We offer a specialised course, our online Food Hygiene and Safety for Early Years course, which focuses on specific scenarios within an early years setting.


This online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course is assured by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in food hygiene best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 2 years as food hygiene and safety guidance does change. You should update your food hygiene and safety knowledge and skills regularly.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Is it necessary to obtain a food hygiene certificate as a childminder?

If you are preparing food for children as part of your childminder’s business, it is recommended to have the appropriate training in food hygiene and safety, such as one of our online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety courses.

Is this course specific to home based childcarers?

Yes, this online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Childminders course has been developed with childminders and other home-based childcarers in mind. It covers all the requirements of a Level 2 Food Hygiene course with the addition of specific elements relevant to looking after children in your own home.

Why is food hygiene important in an early years settings?

As an early years practitioner, ensuring the well-being of children in your care is important. It is essential to prioritise food hygiene because children are more susceptible to illnesses compared to adults. Proper food handling practices including understanding food allergens and maintaining good hygiene can ensure the food and drink that is served is safe.

Undertaking food hygiene training helps in adhering to food safety standards, fostering a culture of safety among staff and promoting a healthy environment. Moreover, it aids in reducing food waste, thereby enhancing profitability. This holistic approach not only ensures compliance with legislation but also nurtures a safe and healthy space for children.

How can I show parents and carers that I have passed an online Level 2 food hygiene and safety course?

At the end of the course, you will receive a downloadable certificate that you can print out and show to parents and carers as evidence that you have completed your training and achieved compliance with food safety best practices.

Is this course suitable for early years practioners?

While you could take this food hygiene course, we do have a tailored online Level 2 Food Hygiene and Safety for Early Years course. This is designed for individuals working in early years settings, providing contexts and scenarios more directly applicable to your work.

How it works

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Work through the course modules at a time convenient for you

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Complete the final multiple-choice assessment

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Download your certificate on completion