Childcare is the supervision of a child, or children, usually from the age of six weeks to 13 years of age. Childcare is a broad topic and is handled by Childcare Practitioners in multiple environments including day-care centres and nurseries, and jobs as a Nanny or a Babysitter. Early childcare is an important component of child development therefore a childcare provider plays an integral role in early childhood education.
There are different types of childcare available, so if you’re looking to start a career in childcare there are a number of career opportunities to suit your skills, personal characteristics and lifestyle. The most common forms of childcare include:
Whilst becoming a Babysitter may not require qualifications, it’s becoming a requirement to have a Level 2 qualification or higher in childcare to embark upon a career as a Nanny, or a Pre-school or Nursery Worker. You can gain a Level 2 childcare qualification from a number of institutions, including e-Careers. It is also recommended that you have prior experience before beginning a career in childcare, whether that be babysitting, volunteer work, becoming a Childminder, or completing work-based training such as an apprenticeship.
Whilst you don’t always need a qualification to embark on a career in childcare, a qualification validates your ability, experience, trustworthiness and reliability. As well as holding a relevant qualification, it is vital to possess certain key personal characteristics and attributes to become a well-liked and successful Babysitter, Nanny or Childminder.
There are many childcare training courses available at e-Careers that are suitable for individuals looking to achieve a qualification in childcare whilst balancing work commitments, family and leisure time, and social activities. e-Careers also offer professionals the opportunity to become specialised in a particular area such as SEN (Special Educational Needs). Childcare training courses available at e-Careers include:
Learn the fundamentals needed to break into the nannying profession and build the foundations needed to offer trustworthy and capable support.
This course will give you an understanding of the importance of positive relationships, and the need for a key person in the learning environment.
Perfect for Early Years Practitioners who work alongside children with special needs or wish to become a Key Person or a Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO).