Child Day Care Courses

We offer child care proficiency and skills certificates which cover the different aspects of working within child care, at a child care centre or raising your own children. We also offer short courses related to ensuring the health and safety of children.

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Non accredited courses
by College SA
From R2471.00 per course
Number of courses: 9

Make a difference in children's lives. Study a child day care course and learn how to provide a safe environment in which children learn and play.

Why should I study a College SA Child Day Care Course?

South Africa is in need of affordable, quality childcare. It is easy to find a crèche, day care or play school, but finding one that is trustworthy, meets a child’s needs, and is affordable has become increasingly difficult. Child caregivers don’t necessarily need degrees, but they do have to do some formal training, like a childcare course.

What is Child Day Care?

Child caregivers are the parents away from home. They look after and care for infants, toddlers and children while their parents are at work. They play an important role in the development of children by offering not only physical care, but also intellectual stimulation and emotional care.

Child caregivers need an understanding of how children develop, what challenges they may face and how to assist them through development. They also need to know how to safeguard the child’s environment and respond in emergencies.

What do Child Caregivers do?

Childcare facilities and child caregivers play an important role in caring for infants, toddlers and children. They do this by:

  • Looking after the physical needs of infants, toddlers and children.
  • Helping with homework/age-appropriate intellectual stimulation.
  • Facilitating activities that help with child development.
  • Preparing meals.
  • Supervising playtime and children’s interaction with one another.
  • Having first aid training in case of an emergency.

Where to study Child Day Care?

College SA offers multiple childcare courses. These courses range from full Child Day Care courses to short courses in safety, nutrition and health and an introduction to child psychology.

Want to study a Child Day Care Proficiency Certificate?

This course forms the basis of our Child Day Care courses and introduces you to fundamental principles of childcare. Over the 6-month duration, you will also cover topics like entrepreneurship and business communication. This course has three modules.  

Want to study a Child Day Care Skills Certificate?

The Child Day Care Skills Certificate follows on the Child Day Care Proficiency Certificate. This course covers three modules over a 6-month period. You will learn about topics like how children develop and marketing your childcare facility, as well as understanding the factors that influence the well-being of children.

Want to study Health, Safety and Nutrition?

This course covers two modules over a period of five months. Caring for children means that you have to see to all of their needs while they are in your care. It’s important that you know what a child needs at each developmental stage. This course introduces you to ways of keeping children safe, healthy and well-nourished.

Want to study to be an Au pair?

This 7-month course touches on important things to consider when you work as an au pair. An au pair’s duties include preparing meals, planning activities and supervising play-time, while ensuring that the children are in a safe environment. This course covers three modules that deal with topics like first aid, baby care and developmental stimulation.

Want to study First Aid?

A first aid course is beneficial to almost anyone, but even more so to those who work in childcare. This course covers the basics of first aid like CPR and other medical emergencies. It stretches over a period of two months; after which you must complete a practical assessment through an educare centre.

Want to study Introduction to Childhood Psychology?

Understanding children is important to providing proper childcare.  The Introduction to Childhood Psychology short course covers important psychological ideas that affect children. This course spans over six months and covers three modules. Topics like communicating with children, how to help children learn, and psychological development of children, are covered in these modules.

Want to study Developmental Milestones: Activities and Safety?

This course takes four months to complete and covers one module. This course is suited to those who would like to learn how to mentally stimulate children of varying ages through activities. This course also shows you how to keep children safe during these activities.

Want to study Cooking for Infants and Young Children?

Babies, toddlers and children have different nutritional needs and tastes. Some may be a little fussy and you may have to use a bit of creativity in preparing meals. This course runs over three months and teaches you about recipes and introducing new food types.

Want to study Crèche Management?

Crèche Management is a 12-month course that covers three modules. Managing a crèche means that you have to be trained in childcare, as well as understand the legal requirements and parental expectations. This course takes an in-depth look at managing an early childhood education facility and covers child safety and communication with staff and families.