Childhood Development Courses - Oxbridge Academy

CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Are you interested in studying a course that will:

  • Train you to become a skilled au pair?
  • Teach you essential baby and child care techniques?
  • Help you learn more about childhood development?
  • Cover important elements of health and safety in relation to childcare?

At Oxbridge Academy, you have the opportunity to study various childcare courses that focus on giving you the skills you need to work as a nanny, childminder, playschool teacher or au pair.

CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT COURSES

Are you interested in studying a course that will:

  • Train you to become a skilled au pair?
  • Teach you essential baby and child care techniques?
  • Help you learn more about childhood development?
  • Cover important elements of health and safety in relation to childcare?

At Oxbridge Academy, you have the opportunity to study various childcare courses that focus on giving you the skills you need to work as a nanny, childminder, playschool teacher or au pair.

Here is the list of courses that you can choose from:

Short Learning Programmes

These non-credit bearing skills courses are designed to equip you with fundamental skills in childcare, and will introduce you to basic elements of childhood development. These courses are a good choice if you want to learn more about childcare, and if you want to acquire the basic skills you need to work as a nanny, childminder, or babysitter.

National Qualifications (ECD Courses):

These formal qualifications are registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), and are designed to prepare you for a career in the ECD environment. These courses are a good choice if you want to work in a child day care centre or ECD centre, work as an au pair, or start up your own child day care centre.

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How you can benefit from studying a childhood development course at Oxbridge Academy

  • You can start studying at any time of the year.
  • You can improve your childcare skills in your own time from home.
  • You can gain many of the skills that you will need to work as an au pair.
  • You can get help from a tutor within 48 hours if you get stuck with your course work.
  • You can decide whether you want to pay your course fees upfront or in affordable monthly instalments.

Find out what other childhood development students have to say:

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I am very happy with Oxbridge Academy as I am studying my second year with them. Last year I completed a diploma course Early Childhood Development and Au-Pairing. I would definitely recommend to my friends to study a course through Oxbridge Academy.

– Jacquelyn Langhein

What is childhood development?

Childhood development refers to the physical, intellectual, social and emotional changes that take place between birth and adolescence. Development usually takes place in a continuous sequence, with each child moving through the sequence at his or her own pace. Some of the steps in the developmental sequence include:

  • Learning to sit without support
  • Learning to crawl
  • Learning to walk
  • Learning to talk
  • Learning to draw and paint
  • Learning to count
  • Forming relationships with peers

 

Factors affecting childhood development

A child’s development is affected by his or her genes (nature) and environment (nurture). This means that parents and caregivers can influence a child’s development by creating a safe, loving environment, and by making sure that he or she has plenty of positive interaction with the child. A child who receives love, affection, attention, encouragement, and adequate nutrition and health care is more likely to develop to his or her full potential.

Why you should study childhood development if you want to become an au pair

Au pairs are hired to look after children and to care for them when their parents are not around. As an au pair, one of your duties will be to facilitate the development of the child/children under your care. While each child is unique, and will develop at his or her own pace, there are certain developmental milestones that you can use to gauge whether a child is developing normally.

 

Studying childhood development helps you to identify problems

By studying childhood development, you can learn about the various developmental milestones, as well as how to recognise when a child is not meeting the milestones within the normal timeframes. When you notice that a child is not meeting his or her developmental milestones, you can notify the child’s parents, who can then seek intervention to address the problem. Early intervention often increases the likelihood that the problem will be resolved effectively, and that the child will be able to reach his or her full potential.

 

Studying childhood development helps you to communicate with children

A good understanding of childhood development will also help you to learn how to interact with a child on his or her level. If you are aware of the various stages of growth, and how they affect a child’s behaviour, you will be better able to respond appropriately to tricky situations, such as when a child refuses to eat or throws a tantrum in public.

Other jobs you can do if you have studied a course in childcare

 

The childcare courses at Oxbridge Academy are designed to equip you with fundamental skills in various aspects of childcare, including child nutrition, health and safety, and childhood development. Once you have acquired these skills, you may be able to work in the following types of positions:

  • Aftercare Assistant
  • Au Pair
  • Babysitter
  • Childminder
  • Crèche Assistant
  • Day Mother
  • Nanny

If you decide to complete your National Certificates in Educare, you will also cover topics such as child psychology and education, and you will develop the skills that you need to work in the following roles:

  • Playschool Teacher
  • Day Care Centre Administrator
  • Day Care Centre Manager
  • Assistant Grade R Teacher

Please note that the Oxbridge Academy Short Courses and Certificates will not qualify you to work as an ECD Practitioner. If you want to work in the ECD environment, you will need to study an ECD course , such as the National Certificate in Educare.

 

Click here to find out more about ECD course options that are available

Skills you will need if you want to work in childcare

Childcare is a specialised field requiring plenty of patience and a love of working with children. In addition, childcare workers need the following skills and personality traits:

  • A friendly and approachable nature.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Dispute resolution skills.
  • Observation skills.
  • Integrity and reliability.
  • Adaptability.

Glossary:

  • Au pair: A person who is hired to look after a child in the child’s own home while the child’s parents are at work.
  • ECD: Early childhood development. ECD refers to the physical, psychological, cognitive, and social development of a child from birth until school-going age.
  • Educare: At Oxbridge Academy, Educare is a practical, skills-oriented field of study that focuses on preparing students for working in the ECD environment.