Every parent wants the best for their children and support in the area of parenting is often hard to come by. While a Child Care training course is generally tailored towards those working in a supervisory role, parents are more and more looking at alternative ways of brushing up on parenting soft skills.
In order to help you decide whether it is worthwhile investing your time and money in this type of training we’ve written an article that gives an overview of a typical Child Care course, outlining the benefits to careworkers as well as parents and their children.
What makes up a Child Care Training Course?
The words ‘child care’ seem like something anyone would understand, but in reality the term is rather nebulous. What, exactly, constitutes child care? What would I learn on a child care course that I haven’t already learnt from parents I know or my own experiences as a parent?
A child care training course is not necessarily about trying to make you a better parent. Rather, a child care training course is a professional accreditation aimed at qualifying an individual to work with children in a care setting (such as nursery or school).
Whilst the specifics of what each course provider offers as part of their training courses may be different, most will be broadly similar in order to comply with industry standards, and relevant policy set by groups such as the Department for Education and National College for Teaching and Leadership Policy. There are different levels of qualification, however, which are suited to different environments of child care.
What can I do with a Child Care Training Course?
A typical child care course will teach you things such as aspects of child development and the legislation surrounding the field. There will also be units dedicated to teaching you how to work with young children, which clearly benefits (and indeed qualifies) anyone who wants to work with young children.
Prospective child/educational psychologists will also see a benefit in taking such a course, as aspects such as child development are directly relevant to their field. Social workers, youth workers, and family support officers will find their career prospects broadened by taking such a course.
There are a plethora of available courses, ranging from Level 3 Diplomas in Child Care, to training in handling child sexual abuse or loss and bereavement. Beyond expanding your knowledge and skillset, taking more of these courses directly adds to your value in the child care industry, making you a more likely candidate for employers. Clearly, for anyone wanting to work with children, taking such courses is a no-brainer.
But what about the average parent? If you already have an established career, or are an experienced parent, what can you get out of a child care training course?
Ultimately, a parent can get a customised experience depending on their needs or wishes. For example, a parent could take a Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness course in order to gain a better understanding of how their children may get caught up in such situations. Other courses can help with managing challenging behaviour, which might help a parent create a more stable or happy home.
More broadly speaking, there are general skills that a parent could learn from taking child care courses. Raising children can be stressful, and these courses can help improve your stress management skills. They can help you become more self-evaluating, granting you a better insight into the developmental side of child care, while aspects of the course may help grant a new perspective on how you could become a more well-rounded parent. Even more broadly speaking, branching out into things such as child CPR training can provide you with great skills to help avert disasters for both your children, and their friends.