Child Care Courses

Childcare courses focus on preparing you for the environment where you work with children. You are equipped to become a Childcare professional.

Childcare courses at Matric College are courses that focus on children. If you are someone who has a passion to work with children, you can study these courses. You will be equipped with skills and knowledge on how well to work with children. Once you have completed a Childcare course, you will be awarded a qualification. These are the courses we offer: 

Our Childcare Courses

Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care courses are for people who want to care for young children. This includes nutrition, early childhood development and educational skills.
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Child Psychology

Child Psychology Courses

Child Psychology Courses are designed by the college to help you gain Certificate Qualifications that help you towards your dream of working with children.
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Creché Management

Creche Management Courses

Crèche Management short courses will equip you with skills and knowledge on how to run and manage a crèche. Find work opportunities or start your ...
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First Aid Concepts

First Aid Course

A first aid course will equip students with the skills and knowledge to administer medical help of the first instance in the case of injury ...
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Crèche Management Courses

Creché Management

Crèche Management: Short Course

Our Crèche Management: Short Course gives our students the necessary skills to start their own Crèche. This course takes between 7 to 9 months to ...
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Creché Management

Crèche Management Comprehensive Course

The Crèche Management Comprehensive Course equips you with a set of skills and when you complete the course you are awarded a Certificate Qualification.
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Creché Management

Crèche Management Certificate Course

The Crèche Management Certificate course is a Short Course. This is designed by the college to provide you with skills that are valuable to employers.
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Child Psychology Courses

Child Psychology

Child Psychology Comprehensive Course

The Child Psychology Comprehensive Course falls under the Short Course Programme. You are properly prepared for the work environment when you study this course.
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Child Psychology

Child Psychology: Certificate Course

The Child Psychology Certificate Course is designed by the college to help you gain a set of skills that are highly valued in the working ...
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Child Psychology

Child Psychology Short Course

Our Child Psychology Short Course will give you the skills you need to boost your career in Child Day Care. Understand any child's mental development.
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Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care Comprehensive Course

Learn the skills you need to become a Child Day Care Provider with our Child Day Care: Comprehensive Course. Launch your career in the Child ...
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Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care Certificate Course

A Child Day Care course teaches students the skills and knowledge of running a child day care centre as well as looking after children in ...
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Child Day Care Courses

Child Day Care Short Course

Child Day Care Short Course is designed by the college to help you gain a set of skills that help you to open and run ...
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NOTE: Our Short Courses are provided in partnership with Skills Academy. We offer Short Courses through Skills Academy. Matric College and Skills Academy are partner Colleges.

What Childcare Courses?

Childcare courses are courses that deal with how children are taken care of. At Matric College, we offer the Childcare Short courses. These are the qualities of the two programmes: 

Childcare Short courses 

  • They are not accredited 
  • They are good for skills (gain a set of skills)
  • You gain a Certificate Qualification 
  • You are able to find work 
  • You are able to start your own business 
  • Increase your chances of gaining a promotion

Childcare Courses

First Aid

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Certificate In First Aid Concepts 
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 2 to 4 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • The medical-legal implications and principles of First Aid
  • Elementary human anatomical structures
  • Appropriate First Aid procedures

This is what you will learn in the First Aid Certificate course: 

  • Prevention of infection while medicating individuals
  • Providing medication to individuals with different immune systems
  • Providing medication to individuals of different ages
  • First aid procedure for choking
  • First aid procedure for bleeding

Crèche Management Short Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Crèche Management Short Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 4 to 8 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Crèche Management and Human Resources

Crèche Management Certificate Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Crèche Management Certificate Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 8 to 12 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Crèche Management and Human Resources
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • First-Aid Concept

Crèche Management Comprehensive Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Crèche Management Comprehensive Course 
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 12 to 18 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Face-to-Face Communication
  • The Field of Crèche Management and Human Resources
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Time Management
  • Quality Child Care and Starting Your Own Crèche

This is what you will learn in the Crèche Management courses: 

  • How to manage a Day Care Centre
  • Safety measures for children
  • How to work well with children
  • Face to face communication techniques
  • How to treat children and parents/guardians well

Child Psychology Short Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Psychology Short Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 4 to 8 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Psychology
  • Introduction to Business English

Child Psychology Certificate Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Psychology Certificate Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 8 to 12 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Psychology
  • Child Development
  • First Aid Concepts

Child Psychology Comprehensive Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Psychology Comprehensive Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 12 to 18 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Communicating with Children
  • Learning Psychology
  • Child Development
  • First Aid Concepts
  • Telephone Courtesy and Customer Service
  • Time Management

This is what you will learn in the Child Psychology field: 

  • A guide to communicating as a Child Psychologist
  • Communicating well with children
  • A description of how children learn and develop their skills
  • Development of speech, thoughts, and behaviour in children
  • The use of first aid
  • The best way to treat a customer
  • How to manage your time well

Child Day Care Short Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Day Care Short Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 4 to 6 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101

Child Day Care Certificate Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Day Care Certificate Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration:  8 to 12 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction

Child Day Care Comprehensive Course

  • Programme Type: Provider Programme
  • Award Issued By: Skills Academy
  • Accredited By: Not Applicable
  • Qualification Title: Child Day Care Comprehensive Course
  • Qualification Type: Certificate
  • Course Duration: 12 to 18 months

Entry Requirements

  • Be at least 16 years or older
  • Be able to read, write and understand English
  • Be able to study through distance learning

Course Subjects

  • Introduction to Business English
  • Child Day Care DCD-101
  • First-Aid Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • Child Day Care CDC-102
  • Office Management

This is what you will learn in the Child Day Care Courses: 

  • A guide to running a child care business
  • Communicating with children
  • Concepts of child care
  • Methods for caring for children
  • Maintaining a safe work environment
  • How to manage children
  • A guide to helping children who are ill or injured

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

  • You will be studying from home 
  • You will save a lot of transport money 
  • You can study through us while you are working 
  • Study sessions are set by you 
  • You are in charge of your learning pace 
  • There are tutors to assist in your academic assessments 
  • Your urgent requests are handled as soon as possible 
  • We have course experts to give you detailed information about the course you choose 
  • We send you the study material five (5) to seven (7) days after your registration

A Child Day Care course focuses on how children are taken care of. The course equips you with skills needed to train children in the following development areas: 

  • Emotional Development 
  • Social Development 
  • Mental Development 
  • Physical Development 
  • Speech Development

Yes, you can study Childcare courses without Matric. You are only required to meet the following requirements: 

  • Be able to study through distance learning 
  • Be at least 16 years or older 
  • Be able to read, write and understand English

You are not required to have a set of specific subjects to study in the Childcare courses. You can apply for the Childcare courses with the subjects you have.

No, you do not need a Degree Qualification to be a Crèche Manager. You can be a Crèche Manager even if you have a Certificate Qualification.

To look after babies, you need to have an Educare or a Child care Qualification. It can be one of the following: 

People with these qualities can study Educare and Childcare Courses: 

  • Have a patient character 
  • Love working with children 
  • Be full of energy 
  • Have good communication skills 
  • Good listeners 
  • Sympathetic in situations 
  • Pays attention to details 
  • Protective but not too strict 
  • Creative and open to new things

Yes, being a Childcare Worker is worth it for the following reasons: 

  • You earn a good salary 
  • You feel good about what you do 
  • You impact a growing generation 
  • You can go from one career to another 
  • A chance to be self-employed 
  • You meet new people often 
  • You learn from the children 
  • Parents will be grateful for your work 
  • You can learn how to raise your own children in the process 
  • Child workers are important in every country

You can follow this process to find employment and work with children: 

  • Apply at Matric College for the Childcare courses
  • Gain skills and knowledge 
  • Get awarded a qualification
  • Use the qualification to look for employment 
  • You will have a higher chance of being hired when applying with a qualification that is child based 
  • Start working as a Childcare worker

Why Choose To Study Childcare Courses Via Distance Learning

  • Study at home
    When you study through distance learning, you get to do it from home. This helps you study in a place that is comfortable and less pressurising. 
  • Study how you see fit
    You schedule all your study sessions. You are in charge of your study pace, and this helps you learn and understand better. 
  • Cut transport
    You do not attend any classes in distance learning. This means you save a lot of money that could have been spent on transportation fees. 
  • Study while you work
    You can study while you work. This is possible whether you are an employee, employer or business owner. You will be able to set your study sessions for the times when you are free from work. 
  • Gain quality education
    We have tutors to assist you weekly. This is to ensure you have the best learning experiences.
  • Study material
    After your registration with Matric College, we send you the study material. This arrives in five (5) to (7) days.  
  • Gain a qualification
    Once you have completed any course with us, we grant you a qualification. We also host graduation ceremonies for our students to appreciate their hard work and wish them well in their next journey.

Career Opportunities With Childcare Courses Qualifications

  • Day Care Manager – R 33 036 
  • Day Care Administrator – R 9 288
  • Au Pair – R 8 000
  • Child Health And Nutrition Caretaker – R 7 952
  • Nanny – R 6 691
  • Hiring new employees
  • Directs the staff
  • Attends meetings with parents/guardians  
  • Manages the Day Care Centre budget plans 
  • Ensure the centre is safe and healthy every time
  • Registers children to a Day Care Centre
  • Sets up a daily plan for the centre 
  • Designs learning programmes for children 
  • Files academic records 
  • Monitor academic progress
  • Arrange healthy meals 
  • Help children bath, dress and sleep
  • Engage in fun activities
  • Clean toys 
  • Assist with homework
  • Sets up healthy meals for children 
  • Ensures healthy eating 
  • Administers medication for children who are sick 
  • Motivate parents to train children to eat healthily 
  • Monitors children’s health progress
  • Look after children 
  • Ensure they eat, bath and sleep 
  • Play fun games with children 
  • Perform light housekeeping 
  • Helps with homework

People Also Ask

The term NATED is an acronym meaning National Accredited Technical Education Diploma. This is a course name that shows the qualities of the course, which are: 

  • National
    The course is recognised nationally
  • Accredited
    It is accredited by the DHET and the QCTO 
  • Technical
    It focuses more on technical learning (e.g. skills) 
  • Education
    It is designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training to equip students with an education that is valued in the workplace 
  • Diploma
    It offers a Diploma Qualification that is received once you have completed N4, N5 and N6 National Certificates plus 18 months of work experience

No, the Childcare Certificate does not expire. Once the college awards you with the Certificate Qualification, it belongs to you and is valid for a lifetime.

You can use a Childcare Qualification to do the following: 

  • Find work
    You can use a Childcare Qualification to find employment. You will have a higher chance of being employed as you have been equipped with skills. These are very important in a working environment, and employers will value you for them. 
  • Open a business
    Since you are equipped with a set of skills, you can use these to open a business. For example,  if you studied a Crèche Management course, you can use it to open a Day Care Centre and be your own boss. You will have a higher chance of succeeding because more parents will trust their children under your care based on your qualification.

No, The National N Diploma is not equivalent to the National Diploma. The National N Diploma is a qualification designed by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) for a purpose. This makes it a unique qualification. The learning process and outcomes of the National N Diploma are different from those of the National Diploma. Equivalent qualifications are known to have similar learning processes and outcomes. This means that the National N Diploma and the National Diploma are not equivalent.

Author: Mulisa Nethononda
Date Published: 25 April, 2022
Editor: Amy Venter