Looking to learn about childcare?
Whether you’re already working in childcare, or you’ve just always thought about working with children, gaining an industry-specific qualification could be the best way to progress. Not only could it help you develop your knowledge, it’s also guaranteed to improve your employability.
To help you understand what a childcare course could do for you, here are three key reasons to get qualified:
You could broaden your career prospects
Not only are industry-specific certifications a prerequisite for many roles, they could also give you the knowledge and experience you need to find a job in your preferred area of childcare.
Whether you want to work in a specific area of teaching, you’re interested in child psychology, children’s nursing, or therapy, or you want to become a social worker, family support officer, or youth worker – there’s no limit to what you can do with the right qualification.
And it’s not just conventional jobs that could be within your reach. There’s also the opportunity for childcare professionals to become self-employed (e.g. through running their own day care or childminding business).
To put it simply, with a qualification specific to your field you’ll have more options available. Whether you want to develop your career, or even be your own boss.
You’ll advance your knowledge
Learning about childcare doesn’t just set you up for a rewarding career, it also helps you to expand your knowledge and apply what you’ve learnt to your day-to-day – especially if you have children of your own.
For example, a course in child psychology (e.g. the OHSC Child Psychology course) teaches you everything you need to know about a child’s mind, from language and social development, to the growth of morals and personality.
But whether it’s at work or at home, gaining an understanding of how to deal with all kinds of human emotions and behaviour could make all the difference when it comes to the quality of advice and support you’re able to give.
You’ll be able to join a rewarding career
By gaining a qualification in childcare, you’ll be able to benefit from the many perks a career in childcare has to offer.
Not only will you have the opportunity to build better relationships with children, you’ll also be able to help them learn, develop and grow right before your eyes – through telling stories, playing games, or assisting them with daily tasks like eating, drinking, and dressing.
Many careers in childcare also offer a flexible working schedule, allowing you to make your work fit around other commitments.
In addition to a great work-life balance, breaking into this field opens up a variety of opportunities for career progression – with further education helping you to progress into your chosen area, whether it’s teaching or psychology.
What childcare courses are there?
There are a wide range of industry recognised qualifications available which are guaranteed to help you kick start your career in childcare.
CACHE qualifications are awarded by the UK’s leading provider of vocational care qualifications in the care and education sectors. They offer five levels of qualification, in everything from early years education and childcare to health and social care.
Other useful qualifications include the NVQ (National Vocational Qualification) or BTEC (Business and Technology Education Council) which both are available in a range of subjects, and teach practical work-based tasks related to your chosen area of childcare.
Those interested in learning how to support children with learning difficulties could also benefit from an SEN (Special Educational Needs) certificate.
How do I start?
It’s quick and easy to start a childcare course.
Simply browse our range of courses to find one that suits you, and sign up or enquire instantly using the button on the right hand side of the course description.
Not sure what course is right for you? Use our compare tool, check our Q&A section, or get in touch with the course provider to find out more.
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