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: