Let us introduce you to the world of children by becoming a childminder or aupair. This certificated childminding / aupair course aims to provide you with the foundations of a more in-depth knowledge about the development and appropriate care of children. It will also introduce you to the qualities and skills needed to start the process of being a “super” aupair/childminder. We also include in the course a bonus material pack which includes recipes and ideas for activities to help you on your way. This course is for anyone who enjoys working with children, including casual babysitters and for those of you are considering a career in childcare.

JCR offers programs to aupairs in many countries in the world and gives preferential placements to students who have completed this course (subject to placement conditions). During the course we offer you the ability to access support via email correspondence.There is no time limit to complete the course and you can do it in your free time. (If online is a problem, email us and we can arrange for you to do the course by correspondance!)

Throughout the course there are exercises for you to complete to check your understanding of the content of the modules. You do not need to submit these exercises as they are to monitor your own progress. However, at the end of module 10, there is an assignment that is set and which needs to be completed and submitted by email in order to complete the course and be awarded your certificate.

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We recommend that this course be done in conjunction with a first aid course in your local town for maximum benefit.

The course covers the following areas:


Module 1: Introduction to Childminding

You have chosen to investigate a course that is all about working and assisting with young children, you therefore obviously enjoy being with children and people. You obviously feel that you have the right qualities to be a good aupair or childminder assisting a busy family with the care of their children. This module looks at what qualities are considered good qualities to have when taking on the role of an aupair or childminder.

Module 2: Birth to 12 Months

This module will introduce you to caring for an infant from birth to 12 months.

This module covers the following areas:

Module 3: Infant Care – Safety and Daily Needs

This module leads on from module 2, it is a more in-depth look at some safety issues and daily needs that you will need to take into consideration when looking after children under the age of 2 yrs old. Although this module tries to cover the most obvious and important areas of safety, always be aware that there are many dangers for young children. As a childminder you have a duty of care towards the children you look after and you need to be always vigilant of possible dangers.

This module looks at:

Module 4: Becoming a Toddler 1-2 years

This module looks at the development of a child in their second year of life. This period is often considered one of the hardest periods and often people refer to the “terrible twos”. We hope that this module will introduce you to this period as a wonderful time in a child’s life, where many things are experienced for the first time with much wonderment. Children in this age group thrive on routine and will often sail through this period when shown warmth, understanding and good structure.

This module is divided into:

Module 5: From Toddler into Pre-school Years

In this module we explore the years from 3 to 5 yrs old. These years represent the consolidation of physical, intellectual and emotional development before entering school. During this time, the child is developing independence in a lot of functions and can express themselves and communicate well. Most children who may have had developmental differences up till the age of 5, will tend to equal out in their abilities by the time they turn 5.

This module looks at:

Module 6: School Age Children

In this module we look at children aged between 5 and 12 yrs old. There is much change during this time as the child develops their ability to reason and respond. Children in this age group are still not able to process emotion as an adult does and this makes it a very challenging developmental period. Even though the child is developing logic for use in later adult thought, they are still largely self centred during this period. Much physical change takes place during this time and this represents the stage where physical injuries are most prevalent. Emotionally the child is maturing and sensitivity to this maturation is necessary.

In this module we will look at:

Module 7: General Health and Nutrition for Children

In this module we look at basic concepts of nutrition and health relating to children’s needs. At the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of the food pyramid, the types of food that are suitable for children and some idea of planning a menu.

Module 8: Caring for the sick child

In this module, you will learn the basics about caring for a child who is sick. Some details about childhood illness will be discussed. At the end of the module you will have a better understanding of what to check for and how to plan for an emergency. Included in this module is a form that we recommend you use when starting a position with a family to ascertain the procedure for an emergency.

Module 9: Discipline and Limit Setting

In this module we will introduce you to ideas for discipline and limit setting with all ages of children. It is important that you recognise that all children like to know where they stand and they will tend to test you to check their limits. You need to be able to stand firm but be gentle and remember, whilst you are not their parents, you are still entitled to have children who are respectful to you. Each child is different and you will need to get to know the child well to be really effective with your limit setting. By the end of this module you should have a better understanding of limit setting and some tips on dealing with some common problems.

Module 10: Self Care and Housekeeping

In this module we look at caring for yourself and some basic tips on housekeeping. Being an aupair usually requires that you live-in with a family for a period of time helping them with their children. Often being an aupair means that you leave your home country or city and go to live with another family in another country or city. Even if you are not living with the family, there are areas that are important to take note of as a childminder.

At the end of this module you have a better understanding of the following areas:


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