Personal Development & Parenting

Basic Child Care: Working As A Child Minder

Course Fee R799.00

What Is This Course Is About? 

One million South African’s are domestic workers (constituting around 8% of the country’s total workforce). Among the many skills required for domestic work, child minding is often the highest sought after by employees. Someone who knows how to work with children can often find better jobs and earn more money.

This course will help anyone in a child minding role with the basic principles of childcare. Topics included in the course are nutrition, sleep, hygiene, safety, health and social development for all children in the first 12 years of life. The course is highly focused on maintaining a great working relationship with the employer (who is also usually the parent or guardian). The content gives a balance between tried-and-tested principles and practical advice.  

After completing this course, you will have taken a positive step towards being better equipped in the care of children.

Who This Course Is For

An introduction to Child Care is aimed at anyone who wants to pursue a career that involves the care of children. This course will benefit:

  • Full-time child minders
  • Anyone wants to advance their career in domestic work
  • Someone who wants to apply for a job in child care
  • Teaching assistants at a crèche
  • Au Pairs
  • New parents
  • Babysitters

Anyone who works with children (either your own or an employer’s) will find the course useful.   

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the basic qualities that employers look for in a child-minder
  • Identify the nutritional needs of children
  • Outline the sleep needs of each phase in childhood
  • Understand the principles of good hygiene
  • Discuss how to make a safe environment for children at all ages.
  • Identify the basic symptoms of sickness in childhood
  • Understanding the needs of the sick child
  • Summarize the main practices for emotional and mental development

How Is Your Course Mark Calculated? 

Your course mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck! 

Study At Your Own Pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you! 

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Working As A Childminder
CHAPTER 2 Nutrition
CHAPTER 4 Principles Of Good Hygiene
CHAPTER 5 Safety And Health
CHAPTER 6 A Healthy Mind

Maura Lappeman


Maura Lappeman is intricately involved in community health care and development in one of South Africa’s most underdeveloped communities. She is based at the Khayelitsha district hospital in the Western Cape, and provides weekly outreach programs to community health clinics. Among the clinics that she works with are Nolungile, Michael Mapongwa and Site-B CHC. Maura has also built relationships and referral pathways with NGOs such as Empilweni, Ikamva Labantu, Nonceba, Rape Crisis, SANCA and FAMSA. She works closely with the Department of Social Development and participates in the mental health steering committee and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Forum for the Khayelitsha Eastern Substructure. Maura is a qualified clinical psychologist with 18 years of leadership and counseling experience.

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