The Childcare sector continues to grow at a steady pace; to ensure that all children who attend Pre-schools, Day Nurseries, Play centres and playgroups receive a valuable experience whilst at their setting, it is essential that those people who work within every setting are suitably qualified.
If you are thinking about starting a career in the childcare sector the most important thing is that you genuinely enjoy caring for children. You will also need to have a great deal of stamina; some nurseries are open 7am-6pm.
Due to the nature of the job you are likely to be working within a busy, noisy environment; this can also be physically challenging.
If you can cope with these demands, and are able to work well within a team, then you will find that everything else falls into place.
About our courses
The childcare courses offered by DaC Childcare Training include subjects such as Safeguarding and Child Protection, Health and Safety, Communication, Nutrition, Legislation, EYFS, Child Development, Planning Play Activities, Child Development, Working with Parents, and many others.
Together these courses provide the opportunity for learners to engage in learning, and develop a range of knowledge, techniques and personal skills needed to work within the childcare sector.
The sections below provide a broad illustration of which levels are suitable for different individuals working within Childcare or Playwork settings.
These qualifications are suitable if you are working, or will be working, under supervision. They will either qualify you to work with children and young people, or will complement a wider programme of training.
You should be able to use your knowledge, skills and ideas to complete clear tasks and tackle straightforward problems. This includes taking responsibility for completing tasks under guidance, while showing you can also think independently.
These qualifications are suitable if you are working or will be working unsupervised. They will either qualify you to work with children and young people, or will complement a wider programme of training.
There is also a wide range of professional development qualifications available, to support professional development practice, and enhance career development.
You should be able to use your knowledge, skills and judgement to initiate and complete semi-complex tasks and procedures. This includes being able to address problems with a level of independence.
Level 4 and 5
These qualifications are suitable for experienced workers who manage or take a lead role in the setting.
There is also a wide range of professional development qualifications, to support professional development practice and enhance career development.
You should be able to identify and use relevant understanding, methods and skills necessary to address broadly-defined, complex problems. It includes taking responsibility for planning and developing courses of action for yourself and others.
You also need to understand different perspectives, approaches or schools of thought, and the reasoning behind them.
Where could you work?
When you have achieved your qualification you could apply to work or volunteer in any one of the following settings: Day Nursery, Nursery School, Playgroup, Pre-school; or you might wish to set up your own business, as a childminder.
Each of the courses contained within these pages suggests some of the roles that you might apply for, when you achieve your qualification.
in conclusion, childcare is a wonderful area in which to work. With today's modern lifestyle, and no sign of a fall in the birth rate in the UK, more and more people are going to be in need of a well qualified child carer.