Child Day Care Short Course

Completing the Child Day Care Short Course equips you with practical skills, and you’ll receive a certificate from Skills Academy

Our Child Day Care Short Course is a vital part of our larger Child Day Care Programme. In addition to this course, we also offer two more options for those interested in childcare:

These courses are set up to meet various needs and interests in child care. You can choose any course independently, without needing to take the others. This way, you can select the one that fits your goals and timetable the best.

Course Information:

Course Name

Child Day Care Short Course


This course does not have traditional exams; instead, you will complete assignments and take tests on the subjects. To pass, you must score at least 50% on all your assignments. If your score is below 50%, you can redo your assignments several times without any extra fees.

Programme Type

Provider Programme

Award Type

Short Course Certificate

Award Issued By

Skills Academy

Course Duration

4 Months

Entry Requirement

The minimum age to apply is 16.

Language Skills: You need to be able to read, write, and understand English well.

Learning Mode: You must be ready to learn online, through distance learning.

NOTE: All our Short Courses are provided in partnership with Skills Academy.

Child Day Care: Short Course Subjects?

Our Child Day Care Short Course includes subjects that are carefully chosen to provide you with essential skills and knowledge in the field. These subjects cover both practical aspects of child care and foundational business communication skills. This blend ensures you are well-prepared for various roles in child care.

  • Educare Didactics
  • Management in Early Childhood Development 101

Educare Didactics

This subject gets you started in childcare. You’ll learn why early learning is important, how to create a safe and caring space for children, and how to communicate well with both children and parents.

Management in Early Childhood Development 101

This all-in-one subject prepares you for working in daycare. You’ll learn the basics of childcare (covered in Educare Didactics) and how children develop from babies all the way to preschoolers (covered in Early Childhood Development 101). This knowledge helps you create a fun and stimulating space where kids can learn and grow in a healthy way.

Child Day Care Short Course Assessment Structure

Our assessment structure in the Child Day Care Short Course is designed to be comprehensive yet flexible. It includes various methods to evaluate your understanding and skills. This structure ensures that you are well-prepared for real-world challenges in child care.

  • Assignments: Regular assignments to apply what you have learned.
  • Practical Tasks: Hands-on tasks to demonstrate your child care skills.
  • Feedback Sessions: Sessions to discuss your progress and areas for improvement.

What Will I Learn?

In our Child Day Care Short Course, you will gain a wide range of knowledge and skills. These are crucial for anyone looking to build a career in child care. The course covers various aspects, from understanding child development to managing a day care centre.

  • Understanding Child Development
  • Effective Communication with Parents
  • Health and Safety in Child Care

Understanding Child Development

This part of the course covers how children grow and learn. You will study different stages of development and how to support children at each stage. This knowledge is crucial for creating a nurturing and effective childcare environment.

Effective Communication With Parents

Learning to communicate effectively with parents is key. This section teaches you how to discuss a child’s progress and needs with their parents. It also covers how to handle difficult conversations and build trust with families.

Health And Safety In Child Care

This topic focuses on keeping children safe and healthy in a day care setting. You will learn about common health issues in children, first aid, and creating a safe environment. This knowledge is essential for any childcare professional.

What Are The Career Opportunities?

Our Child Day Care Short Course opens the door to various career opportunities in the field. Whether you want to work in a day care centre or start your own, our short courses prepare you for a rewarding career.

  • Child Healthcare Worker 
  • Day Care Manager 
  • Dy Care Administrator 
  • Au Pair 
  • Babysitter

Salary Expectations

In the field of child care, salaries can vary based on the role, experience, and location. Here are some typical salary ranges for various childcare positions:

  • Child Healthcare Worker: These professionals typically earn between R60,000 and R180,000 per year. 
  • Day Care Manager: In South Africa, a Day Care Manager’s salary can range from approximately R120,000 to R360,000 per year. 
  • Day Care Administrator: A Day Care Administrator can expect to earn between R100,000 and R300,000 annually. 
  • Au Pair: Au Pairs usually earn around R72,000 to R240,000 annually. They provide personalized care and learning experiences for children, often in a home setting.
  • Babysitter: Babysitters can make between R50,000 and R150,000 per year, depending on hours and number of children they care for. 

Role And Responsibilities

Each role in child care comes with its own set of responsibilities. Understanding these can help you decide which career path suits you best. Here are some key responsibilities for various childcare roles:

  • Child Healthcare Worker: Focuses on the physical and emotional health needs of children in their care.
  • Day Care Manager: Oversees day-to-day operations of a day care centre, including staff management and ensuring compliance with regulations.
  • Day Care Administrator: Handles the behind-the-scenes tasks of a day care centre, like paperwork, scheduling, and communications.
  • Au Pair: Provides individual care and educational experiences for children, usually in their homes.
  • Babysitter: Offers temporary child care, which may include playing with the children, feeding them, and putting them to bed.

Why Study The Child Day Care Short Course?

Choosing to study the Child Day Care Short Course can be a life-changing decision. This course not only equips you with essential skills but also opens up numerous opportunities. Here are some reasons why this course is a great choice:

  • Gain specialized skills in childcare
  • Increase your employability in a growing field
  • Enjoy flexible study options that fit your lifestyle
  • Learn from experienced professionals in the field
  • Get the opportunity to make a positive impact on children’s lives
  • Open doors to various career paths within the childcare industry

What Steps Should I Follow To Complete The Child Day Care Short Course?

To complete the Child Day Care Short Course, there are a few steps you should follow. These steps guide you from the start of the course until you receive your certificate. They ensure you stay on track and get the most out of your learning experience.

Step 1: Enrol in the course

Step 2: Access your study materials and start learning

Step 3: Complete and submit your assignments

Step 4: Get feedback and improve your skills

Step 5: Complete the final assessment

Step 6: Receive your certificate

Why Choose To Study With Bellview Institute Of Distance Learning?

Studying with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning offers numerous advantages. Our approach is designed to make learning accessible, effective, and enjoyable. Here are some key reasons why you should consider studying with us.

  • Flexibility and Convenience
  • Accredited and Recognized Courses
  • Expert Tutors and Support
  • Affordable Fees and Payment Plans
  • Comprehensive Study Materials
  • Strong Community and Network

Flexibility And Convenience

Our courses are designed for maximum flexibility. You can study at your own pace and schedule, which is perfect if you are working or have other commitments. This flexibility makes it easier to balance your studies with your personal life.

Accredited And Recognized Courses

While the Child Day Care Short Course Certificate is not accredited, it is still a valuable step into the childcare workplace. Completing this course equips you with practical skills, and you’ll receive a certificate from Skills Academy, showing you passed. 

Despite this particular course not being accredited, Bellview itself is an accredited institution, ensuring that qualifications obtained from us are recognized and respected.

Expert Tutors And Support

Our team of expert tutors is always ready to help you. They provide personalized support and guidance to ensure you understand the course material. This support is crucial for your success and makes your learning experience more enjoyable.

Affordable Fees And Payment Plans

We believe education should be accessible to everyone. That’s why our fees are reasonable, and we offer various payment plans. This approach makes it easier for you to start and continue your studies without financial stress.

Comprehensive Study Materials

Our study materials are detailed and easy to understand. They cover everything you need to know for the Child Day Care Short Course. These materials are constantly updated to ensure they are current and relevant.

Strong Community And Network

When you join Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, you become part of a community. You can connect with other students and professionals in the field. This network can be a valuable resource for learning, support, and even future career opportunities.

By choosing to study with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, you’re not just signing up for a course. You’re joining a supportive, flexible, and quality-driven educational environment that can help you achieve your career goals in child care.

Bellview Institute Of Distance Learning Application Process

Starting your learning journey with us is easy :

  • Visit our website and fill out the application form
  • If you have questions or need guidance, our course specialists are here to help
  • Reach out at 012 762 7111 for a direct conversation
  • For quick queries, message us at 072 799 4195

Frequently Asked Questions

A short course is a quick, focused program designed to teach you specific skills in a short amount of time. It is great for gaining knowledge and skills in a particular area without spending years in study.

At Bellview Institute of Distance Learning, we offer a variety of short courses. The best one depends on your interests and career goals. Here are some options we provide:

Yes, a short course certificate can help you get a job. It shows you have specific skills and knowledge in a field. Employers value these certificates as they show dedication and specialized learning.

No, you do not need a degree to work with children. Many roles require specific skills and experience rather than a degree. Short courses, like the ones we offer, can be a great way to start your career in child care.

Our courses are priced affordably. We understand that not everyone can pay the whole fee at once, so we offer payment plans. This way, you can start learning now and pay over time.

To open a daycare in South Africa, starting with one of our short courses is a good step. While specific certifications may vary, our courses give you essential skills and knowledge to begin.

Yes, you can study child care without having matric. At Bellview, we require you to meet certain conditions, but matric is not one of them. This makes our courses accessible to a wider range of people.

Starting an ECD centre can be broken down into several key steps:

  1. Gain Knowledge in Child Care: Begin by taking a course in child care, like the ones we offer at Bellview. This will give you the essential foundation and understanding of child care.
  2. Research Legal Requirements: Find out what the legal requirements are for starting an ECD centre in your area. This includes licenses, health and safety regulations, and staff qualifications.
  3. Create a Business Plan: Develop a detailed business plan. This should include your centre’s vision, budget, staffing, and how it will operate.
  4. Find a Suitable Location: Look for a location that is safe, accessible, and suitable for children.
  5. Set Up Your Space: Equip your centre with the necessary furniture, learning materials, and safety equipment.
  6. Hire Qualified Staff: Recruit trained and qualified staff who are passionate about child development and care.
  7. Market Your Centre: Let people in your community know about your ECD centre. Use social media, local advertising, and word of mouth to spread the word.
  8. Open and Operate Your Centre: Once everything is set up, open your centre and start providing quality child care and early learning experiences.

Author: Leon Matata
Editor: Caitlin Roux
Date Published: February 2, 2024