18 May, 2020
Things to know about a career in childcare
This informal CPD article on Things to know about a career in childcare was provided by Global Edulink, a leading online learning and training provider.
Working with children in the childcare is a very fulfilling job to have. No matter what age group you would like to work with, from early years to school age or teenagers, you have the ability to build a rewarding career that will give you tremendous satisfaction. Needless to say, the job will be challenging because you are dealing with kids. But that said, you will be in the business of inspiring young minds, shaping their lives and futures and also supporting their emotional, mental and physical well-being.
Is there any test that you need to pass?
In short, the answer is yes. In the UK, because jobs in the childcare industry are highly regulated, you will need the perfect combo of qualifications, skills, expertise and you will also need to take and pass the Disclosure and Barring Service check so that you are able to get hired.
What important skills will you need to have?
There are some skills that you will need to have and nurture if you want to be a successful professional in childcare. Some of them include;
- The ability to work patiently
- Excellent communication skills to build relationships with children
- Enthusiasm in spending time with children
- The ability to stay calm in stressful situations
- The ability to think on your feet
- You must be resourceful with your creativity and imagination
- You need to have good organisational and time management skills
- Respect for diversity and inclusion
- A non-judgmental and unbiased approach
- Solid leadership skills
Building a good environment for the child
As a childcare professional you will have a duty to build a good environment for the child. This includes making sure that the child is safe and also has a hygienic and friendly place that feels homely where they can grow and play around. Your communication with the children in your care is extremely important in all levels of the work that you do. The behaviour of children can get challenging and difficult at times but you should also be aware of the many techniques that you can use to help you in this. In order for you to be able to know all this it is essential that you have the right educational and professional training.
Will this job be one that is stressful?
This is a common question that most of you will obviously ask. The answer is both yes and no. As with many other professions this too, comes with its own challenges, that said, because you are directly helping in building and nurturing the futures of children, the satisfaction that you will gain is rather high.
So how can you choose a good program?
When you choose a program that will allow you to become a professional in childcare, make sure that the program is accredited by a recognized awarding body. You should also look at the curriculum and ensure that the fundamentals are all touched upon. The final certification that you gain should be capable to either allowing you to study further, or directly applying for a position in the field.
Keep working towards your goals with the right education and you will definitely see the results!
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