Introduction to Childcare
The role of a childcarer is a very important and highly rewarding one. It is also one which has many regulations and skills to understand and, without the proper knowledge, it is very difficult to be successful in the industry.
This course provides you with everything you need to know to begin or further your journey in the world of childcare.
We cover the duties, responsibilities and various environments associated with childcare to help you get both an objective and in-depth subjective view of the different jobs available. We go into full detail about the legislative and regulatory requirements of the job, focusing on the importance of equality and diversity in childcare as well as a step-by-step guide to registering as a childcarer in the UK.
The child-centred and coordinated approaches to childcare are explained in full and we also describe the fundamentals of child safeguarding and how to apply them in your career. The importance of maintaining professional boundaries, legally working with children alone and how to deal with allegations either against yourself or other people are also discussed, and we go deeper into legal requirements as they relate to transporting children, handling their data and regulating their media intake.
Lastly, we delve into child behaviour by analysing common disorders, how to recognise them and provide you with a complete guide to behavioural management techniques for children.
You will Learn:
- The duties and responsibilities of a childcarer
- The various environments in which childcarers can find employment
- The legislation and regulations for childcarers and how to register successfully in the UK
- The industry standard child-centred and coordinated approaches to childcare
- The golden rules of safeguarding and how to apply them in your role
- How to operate legally by maintaining personal boundaries, understanding how and when you may work alone with children, and how to deal with allegations
- How to operate legally and acceptably within the industry when transporting children, dealing with their data, and controlling their media intake
Benefits of Taking this Course:
- Improve your current childcare skillset and further your career
- Avoid any serious legal implications by operating within the law
- Impress any interviewer by understanding childcare fundamentals and industry standards
- Form a deep and meaningful bond with the children you care for, making you better at your job and more in demand in the industry
- Understand children better and get the best out of them while caring for them
- Give parents peace of mind by doing the best possible job of caring for their beloved children
- The definitions of a child in various UK zones
- Important traits for potential childcarers to develop and exhibit
- The essential factors of child development and how to apply them
- The duties of a childcarer
- The different environments and roles that offer employment for childcarers
- The requirements and duties within the different roles
- The legal and obligations regarding operating and registering for the different roles
- The importance of including equality and diversity in childcare
- The legislative and regulatory requirement for childcarers
- Registering as a childcarer - When you must, when you can’t, and when you don’t have to
- A guide to Ofsted, including the registration process
- The child-centred approach and how to apply it to childcare
- The various dangers children face / Warning signs to look out for in vulnerable and high-risk children
- The rights that all children have
- The coordinated approach to childcare and how all parties must work together to keep children safe
- All about the three safeguarding fundamentals: Health and Safety, Safeguarding and Protection, Suitability of Staff
- Dealing with children’s and their families’ data in a legal and moral manner
- How to communicate effectively and appropriately with children
- The rules for physical, social and sexual contact with children
- Working alone with children and what the law and the industry standards say
- Dealing with allegations in situations where you or another party are accused of hurting a child
- The principles of transporting children
- Drivers duties, vehicle requirements, risk assessment
- UK rules regarding securing the child in the vehicle and the different regulation for different ages and sizes
- Ensuring that children consume online and traditional media safely while in your care
- The most common behavioural disorders in children
- The risk factors affecting these disorders
- Diagnosing and treating behavioural disorders
- Effective behavioural management techniques for childcarers
Who can take the Introduction to Childcare Certification course?There are no entry requirements to take the course.
What is the structure of the course?The course is broken down into 8 individual modules. Each module takes between 20 and 90 minutes on average to study. Although students are free to spend as much or as little time as they feel necessary on each module.
Where / when can the course be studied?The course can be studied study at any time and from any internet connected device
Is there a test at the end of the course?Once you have completed all 8 modules there is a multiple choice test. The questions will be on a range of topics found within the 8 modules. The test, like the course, is online and can be taken a time and location of your choosing.
What is the pass mark for the final test?The pass mark for the test is 70%.
What happens if a user fails the test?If the user doesn’t pass the test first time they will get further opportunities to take the test again after extra study. There are no limits to the number of times a test can be taken.
How long does it take to complete the Introduction to Childcare Certification course?We estimate that the course will take about 6 hours to complete in total, plus an additional 30 minutes for the end of course test.