The child care and education course is aimed at everyone who works with or wants to work with young people and children. It satisfies the criteria of Level three of Learning and Development of the latest National Occupational Standards for Children’s Care. The course also reflects the change in focus to services affecting children.
This course aims to provide you with the understanding and knowledge of different stages of child’s development as well as seeks to educate and equip you with skills necessary to work with children in different job settings and roles. This course will enable you to work independently with children and their families in a supervisory or non-supervisory capacity.
Options available after completing this course:
This course arms you with skills required for working in child care and education. It can lead to
openings for positions as:
Foundation stage or early year’s practitioner in pre-schools, schools and nurseries
Children’s centre practitioner or home based child carer or nanny Special Educational Needs (SEN) support worker.
The course is also useful for those who wish to pursue their career in this line.
It is also useful to people who already have or wish to start their own child day care centre.
The course is divided into twelve modules; each of the modules looks at different aspects of child care as well as education.
Safeguarding and supporting children
We will focus on supporting and safeguarding children in different situations like discrimination and abuse.
How to keep children safe and healthy?
This module continues from the learning of the previous module and looks at different ways in which children can be kept safe and healthy. We will look at critical issues like preventing and limiting illness and accidents in the schools and procedures to deal with such unfortunate cases. This module will also explore the importance of planning the actual and physical environment for children with a view to limiting the dangers.
The role of the practitioner
We will explore the principles governing the critical role of the practitioner while working with children. The module looks at the required skill sets as well as the importance of relationships for carrying out your duties.
Creating a healthy environment
A healthy environment is very important for all round development of children. This module looks at its importance and also explores factors that have a bearing on a child’s health.
Learning through play
We will explore the role that playing pays in education and learning and how it can support a child’s development. We will seek to explore how this can be used to support the curriculum and how you can forward the objectives through playing.
We will study the various types of settings that work with children and their families and how we can satisfy their needs through different channels. We will also learn how interaction with other professionals can help you to achieve your objectives.
Sick children care
We will look at different signs that can identify sickness in a child and how to care for such children. We will also learn about promoting good health and steps to be taken during a sick child’s care.
Proper nutrition for children
One of the major issues plaguing us is the need for a healthy and balanced diet among children. This module looks at the importance of such a diet and how to plan for a diet for different age groups and how to prepare foods that adhere to the diet plan.
Children with special needs
We will look at the definition of special needs and the legislation for supporting such children. We will also touch upon the importance of inclusion for such children.
Developing communications, literacy and language skills
We can look at how we can support the development of children’s language, communication and literacy skills in this module.