If you are passionate about children and education during the early stages of their development, educare is for you. Here is everything you need to know.
The responsibilities include:
- Assisting during emergencies
- Health care
- General care taking
What is Educare?
Educare involves taking care of children and helping them with educational tasks.
You need to provide them with basic needs, such as making them food and knowing what to do in an emergency situation. Giving them fundamental knowledge, like how to count and read, will also be your responsibility.
The ages of the children you will be responsible for may vary, but as an educare practitioner you will usually work with kids that are in their early development stage. This stage stretches over the ages of 5 to 8 years.
Your responsibilities will be:
Children need to be exposed to basic knowledge, not only at school, but also at home. Therefore, you will have the privilege to educate them.
You will help them with:
This refers to mathematical skills that can be applied to all areas of the child’s life. It includes the ability to count, identify patterns, measure and solve math problems.
It is a good idea to use fun games while teaching them. For example, telling them to count their toes, or singing a song about numbers.
Depending on the child’s age, you will teach them various language skills. These may include broadening their vocabulary, structuring longer sentences, reading, and more.
Assisting during emergencies
A crucial part of educare is being able to help a child during an emergency. This is a big responsibility which the parents trust you with. For this reason, you need to make sure that you have all the skills necessary.
An educare course will equip you with a first aid qualification. Some of the skills you will learn during first aid training are:
- Providing life support
- Knowledge about allergic reactions, choking and seizing
- Handling dangerous situations
- Dealing with broken bones
- Everyday injuries, such as bee stings
Aside from emergencies, you should also know how to take care of the child’s health. This means knowing which foods are good for them, ensuring they get enough exercise, and seeing that they take their medication if needed.
General care taking
Taking care of a child includes a lot of duties, such as needing to:
- Drive them around if needed
- Supervise their routines
- Play with them
- Help them with tasks, such as homework
- Keep an eye on them at all times
This list may differ between families. The parents will discuss your duties with you, as well as your working hours and salary.
Where can I study Educare?
Gaining practical experience while studying educare, is important. There are many colleges that offer educare courses that include practical experience.
Three colleges where you can study educare:
What can I do with an Educare qualification?
An educare qualification could open many doors for you, such as:
- Qualifying for SACE registration in order to become a Grade R teacher
- Becoming a preschool teacher
- Start your own Early Child Development (ECD) centre
To read more about educare opportunities, click here.
Study Educare at Bellview
Our Educare National Diploma programme consists of the following three courses:
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Author: Simoné Coetzee
Last Updated: 27 January 2021