Where can I study Child Care?
Choosing a college to further your studies
After careful deliberation, after some soul searching and weighing the pros and cons of different fields of interests you've finally come to the decision to study childcare. Maybe you are already working within childcare and it was an easy decision. Even so, reading this blog may mean that you are in the process of deciding where to study.
To help you decide we have put together, what we thought to be, four important questions to ask when you are deciding on a college to continue your education:
1. Which child care course do you want to study and which college offers this course?
This may seem obvious but many students waste a lot of time hammering on doors of colleges that don't, in fact, offer the course they want to study. Make a list of the colleges you would like to attend and by doing a bit of research (a Google search generally helps) you can begin eliminating places that don't offer your course of interest - only focus on those that do offer your course.
2. What are the minimum requirements to enter your field of interest?
In other words what is the minimum that is expected of you to get a job in childcare. You need to do a bit of research and determine what you would like to do in your chosen field e.g. work at a crèche, open your own day care centre, or maybe you would like to be a teacher. It is important that you make sure that the course you choose opens the door to jobs that you are interested in.
Another very important factor to consider is, do you need accreditation? Some jobs, like teaching, do require that you have studied or are studying toward a teaching qualification. Other jobs like working at a crèche or opening your own day care centre do not necessarily require an accredited course, but rather that you have some training and that you know the basics of First Aid.
College SA offers unaccredited childcare courses which train you to work with children under the age of 5. We also use study material that is based on research, current childcare - and business practices.
3. When am I able to study and do I want to attend classes?
After you have determined where you would like to study and whether the courses will help you find the job you are looking for or advance your current career, you need to decide if you would like to attend classes or study from home. Many part-time courses offer evening classes where some offer assistance via online classrooms.
If you work full-time you won't be able study full-time and for many people attending classes after work also becomes difficult - especially when you have other responsibilities at home to attend to. Choosing a distance learning course then becomes the most viable option.
Distance learning means that you are able to study at your own pace and you are able to design your own study schedule that suits your life and responsibilities. You are also able to continue working full-time which is beneficial especially if you are already working in childcare you are able test what you are learning in practice.
4. How do I begin studying?
Once you know what you would like to do and which courses will help you get there, you are ready to enrol. Even if you still need a little advice that is fine too – we have Educational Planners that will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
Studying at College SA means that it doesn't matter where you are, you can enrol for one of our childcare courses. Our enrolment process is easy, we courier your study material to you and we have options that that won't heavily interfere with your home or work responsibilities.