If you are looking to pursue a career in child care and education, then you should consider taking up a CACHE qualification. These qualifications are nationally recognised and can help you get a job in the industry.
The NCFE CACHE Level 3 Certificate in Childcare and Education prepares you for the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator). This course can earn you up to 28 UCAS points depending on your grade.
Child development is the sequence of physical, emotional and intellectual changes that occur in children as they progress from childhood to adulthood. It is influenced by the child’s genetic makeup, experiences during prenatal life and environmental factors.
Learning is a key part of child development. When adults, including parents and child care providers, engage in activities that promote cognitive, social and emotional development, the benefits are lasting for both children and adults. While each child grows at a different rate, there are certain skills that most children learn at specific ages. These are known as developmental milestones and help families and providers track a child’s growth and progress.
The most important aspect of a child’s development is a loving relationship with an adult. This is because it is through this relationship that children’s brains develop. The simple activities of a parent, such as talking, reading and singing to their child, have tremendous cognitive impact.
Bakersfield College’s Child Development program gives students the opportunity to learn about the theories of child development and gain hands-on experience working with children. With the completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to work with young children in a variety of settings including child care centers and schools. They may also choose to continue their education at a four-year university.
The health of children is important to the development of a child. It includes the state of mental and physical well-being, which is a resource that provides a person with the ability to interact successfully with their environment. Child health also includes the quality of care provided by caregivers, which starts before birth by assessing and supporting maternal health and well-being. Other factors that contribute to a child’s health include the physical and chemical environment, social support networks, dietary habits, family structure, and time spent with parents. This is the purview of pediatrics, a medical specialty that emerged in the mid-nineteenth century.
Child psychology is one of the five branches of psychology and seeks to understand children’s physical, cognitive and social development. It also helps explain why certain behaviors are displayed in children and examines the possible roots of behavioural issues like learning problems, hyperactivity and anxiety.
It is important for parents and teachers to understand the psychology of a child so they can better help them during difficult times and nurture their growth. This is especially true for disadvantaged children, who may suffer from a lack of access to quality education, healthy food and proper housing. This is often referred to as socioeconomic status and plays a major role in how a child grows up.
Psychologists who are trained in child psychology are able to identify and treat mental health disorders in children. They can also help children and their families cope with stressors that can be triggered by family or school changes. Some therapists specialize in a specific area of mental health or work with specific ages. Licensing requirements for clinical psychologists vary by state, but usually include a Psy.D or Ph.D degree, a postdoctoral internship and passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP). Some states also require a jurisprudence exam. For those who want to pursue a career in psychology, earning a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in child and adolescent development can be a good starting point.
Child Care and Education
In the US, most children attend some form of early care and education (ECE) such as public or private preschool, child care centers or Head Start before entering kindergarten. Research suggests that high-quality ECE experiences can improve long-term social, behavioral and academic outcomes for young children. However, it is not always easy to find or afford quality ECE programs in your area.
BMCC offers an Associate in Science degree in Child Care/Early Childhood Education (ECE) through evening and weekend classes. This program prepares students to become an assistant teacher in childcare, Head Start, nursery and pre-kindergarten programs as well as in elementary schools. Students pursuing this major will be required to complete a core of liberal arts courses as well as ECE courses. BMCC also has articulation agreements with several four year colleges to allow for seamless transfer.
ECE courses cover standards for a quality childcare environment, positive guidance strategies, health and safety issues in child care and activities that promote a variety of developmental activities with children. Students may wish to explore a certificate program instead of an Associate degree. Cache level 3 courses