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 own crèche

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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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Crèche Management Short Courses are short programmes of study that teaches students the skills and knowledge of running and managing a crèche.

What Is Crèche Management Course?

This is a programme Short course to teach students about the business of running a crèche. The short course comes in the following three packages:

  • Short course
  • Certificate course
  • Comprehensive course

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

A crèche offers care and learning for children aged between two and four years. Children are sent to crèche because their parents or guardians may be working or involved in other chores during the day. Children may also be sent to crèche because their parents or guardians would want to prepare them for school or to grow their social skills.

Here are the duties of a crèche worker:

  • Ensure children have good hygiene
  • Make sure the premises are clean throughout the day
  • Prepare meals for the children
  • Organise activities and develop learning course
  • Plan daily activities
  • Keep progress records for the children
  • Maintain contact with parents and guardians

Yes, Crèche Management is a good career for you if

  • You love children
  • Can communicate well
  • You can be patient and flexible
  • You are willing to pursue further education and training
  • You are dependable

You Love Children

Childcare is a good career choice if you love children. Not only should you love children, but you should also like working with them. Remember that kids can also be draining and can be challenging to deal with. This means that you have to love everything about what children do and be patient in handling them.

Can Communicate Well

For you to become effective in childcare, you must be able to communicate well both with the children and their parents and guardians. Remember, children also communicate differently from adults. 

Be wary of how you communicate with them in ‘their own language’. During the course of your duties, you will also communicate with parents and guardians in the course of your duties. This could be in connection with updating them on the progress of their child or on any other matter   

You Can Be Patient And Flexible

A career in Childcare is also good if you are a patient and flexible. All children are different, and it is important for you to be flexible and understand that. It is also important to understand that, by the same token, children cannot be dealt with using the same way. 

What works for one child will not necessarily work for the other. This means that you will have to be patient with each and every child.

You Are Willing To Pursue Further Education And Training

A career in Childcare is a good career if you are willing to learn. It is important to keep learning so that you are always up-to-date with the best practices in the Childcare industry. Learning will also propel you to greater in your career.

You Are Dependable

For you to be successful in Childcare, you must be dependable. Parents trust you to take very good care of their children. The children will also look up to you as a guardian and their role model.

Here are the skills of a Crèche Manager:

  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Instructional 
  • Interpersonal


As a Crèche Manager, good communication skills can be a great asset to you.  You need to have good verbal and writing skills. Your duties involve communication with the children, fellow workers and parents or guardians. Not only should you be a good communicator, but you should also be a good listener.


Good judgement is important to you as a crèche Manager. This is necessary as you will not procrastinate in responding to cases where there are emergencies or difficult situations. 


Instructional skills are important as a Crèche Manager. This is because as a Childcare worker, you must be able to explain things in a language and tone that children can understand. Communicating in the tone and language that children understand will lead to the children understanding you better.


Interpersonal skills are also important for a Crèche Manager. Good interpersonal skills can assist you in building relationships with parents or guardians, children and other staff members.

Here are the 5 components of a good early learning environment:

  • High-quality environment – the environment should be conducive to a safe learning
  • Consistent daily routine – daily learning routines should be easy to understand and contains age and appropriate language
  • Adult-child relationships – interactions with the children should be respectful, supportive, warm, consistent and predictable
  • Intentional teaching – this is dependent on expertise in child development
  • Engaging families – Engaging frequently with the parents or guardians of the children

Here is what you need to open a Day Care in South Africa:

  • Fill in Forms 16 which is available at your nearest Department of Social Development office or municipal office.
  • Pass a Home Inspection
  • Complete First Aid and CPR Training
  • The process is free

It may take up to three months for your registration certificate to be issued.

There is no fixed sum of money that you may need to open a crèche in South Africa. This is because there are a lot of variables that are involved in the cost of setting up such a business. However,  an initial amount ranging from R 20 000.00 to R 40 000.00 can help you set up a crèche in South Africa.

Normally, you pay according to the hours that your child spends at the Day Care. Childcare centres in South Africa open from about 06:30 am. Day Care centres in South Africa, provide full-day education, half-day education or three-quarter day education. Depending on where you live, expect to pay anything between R 1 000.00 to R 4 500.00 per month.

Here is what you need to do to start a Day Care in your home:

  • Create a business plan
  • Determine your business costs
  • Name your business
  • Get the necessary certifications
  • Purchase equipment
  • Market your business

Grade R is also known as the Reception Year. Grade R is the year of schooling before Grade 1. The Garde R curriculum is part of the Foundation Phase curriculum. Please note that it is not compulsory for children to attend Grade R.

According to the Department of Basic Education, a Grade R applicant must be at least four years old and turn five or older by 30 June the next year. For Grade 1, an applicant must be at least five years old and turn six or older by 30 June the next year.

By the end of Grade R, the student should have acquired the following skills:

  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Social skills

Literacy Skills

Literacy skills include the following:

  • Letter formations
  • Writing
  • Phonemic awareness

Numeracy Skills

Numeracy skills include the following:

  • Number formations
  • Counting
  • Understanding shapes
  • Everyday use of numbers

Social Skills

Social skills will include the following:

  • Engage with peers logically
  • Engage with staff confidently
  • Collaborate with others
  • Be accountable for their actions

The two Grade names are sometimes used interchangeably. Some uses grade 0 to refer to Grade R and vice-versa. This is a class of children aged 5 turning 6. Some primary schools offer Grade R classes, but Grade R can also be completed at a registered preschool.

Here are tips for brainstorming the name of your crèche:

  • Let your ideas flow freely
  • Put yourself in the audience’s shoes
  • Describe what makes your business unique
  • Use a name that is positive to parents or guardians
  • Make the name of the crèche memorable
  • Use words that are easy to spell and pronounce

On average, in South Africa, Babysitters are paid an average hourly rate of R 49.19. Here are the duties of a babysitter:

  • Interact with child or children during the agreed time
  • Entertain the child or children during the agreed time 
  • Clean around the house
  • Select appropriate activities 
  • Follow feeding and sleep schedules
  • Respond to injuries, emergencies and hygiene needs

To ensure that an ECD is registered, request copies of the following 2 documents:

  • A certificate from the Provincial Social Services Department
  • Certificate from the local municipality

Make sure that the Certificates are up-to-date.

Crèche is a French word. It is a place where young children are taken care of during the day while their parents do other chores. They could be working, studying or shopping.

Here is what crèche workers earn:

Entry-level (0 – 4 years)R 2 794.00
Middle level (5 – 9 years)R 5 682.00
Senior level  (10+ years)R 11 475.00

The standard practice is that a crèche should provide food at least every three hours. The type of food provided will depend on the number of hours spent at the crèche. More than five hours at the crèche is known as, full-time Daycare. 

At a full-time Daycare, two meals and two snacks should be offered. One of the meals provided should be a hot meal.

In South Africa, Here is what is needed in a Daycare kitchen must-have:

  • A double bowl sink
  • A hot water supply
  • A separate hand washbasin
  • Be arranged so that the utensils and other kitchen equipment are inaccessible to children
  • Meet the requirements of the Regulations Governing General Hygiene Requirements For Food Premises

Here is what you can do with a four-year-old at home:

  • Read books together
  • Go to the library
  • Sing counting songs
  • Cut and paste
  • Play Maths games

Research has shown the best age for a child to start crèche is 12 months. Be that as it may, the biggest consideration is how your child reacts when you are not around.

Generally, the amount that you pay per day for a babysitter in South Africa varies from R180 to over R400 for 6 – 8 hours. However, the average salary for s Babysitter / Nanny is R 6 773.00 per month.

In South Africa, the highest-paid childcare job is a Nursery school teacher. Here are the salaries of some of the childcare workers:

Nursery School TeacherR 9 250.00
Private Preschool teacherR 7 620.00
Daycare TeacherR 4 690.00
Preschool Teacher AssistantR 2 450.00

It is advisable that you get an entry-level qualification in order to work in a Nursery. Here are the entry-level qualifications that you can study:

Here is what is advisable to teach a preschooler for the first time:

  • Point out letters in signs
  • Go through the alphabet together
  • Use blocks, big puzzles and other toys to teach letters and numbers
  • Sing alphabet
  • Sing counting songs

At four, your child should have a grasp of number skills. During this year, your kid should be in a position to learn more simple addition and subtraction problems with the help of visual aid. They should also be able to recognize and name one-digit numbers when they see them.

Matric College offers Educare, the Educare programme is offered under the National Accredited Technical Education Diploma (NATED). Matric College is a distance learning institution. This means that you do not attend any classes. You study all of our courses at home.

Here are some of the questions that can be asked in a childcare interview:

  • Tell us about yourself?
  • Why do you want to work with children?
  • Why do you want to work in a crèche?
  • Have you worked with children before?
  • What are some of your strengths
  • What is your biggest weakness?

For health and safety reasons,  it is not advisable for childcare workers to have nails. ‘It is also in accordance with food safety procedures. Long nails can easily spread germs. It is also not advisable for childcare workers to wear nail polish.

Why Choose To Study Crèche Management Via Distance Learning

Here is why you should study Crèche Management via distance learning:

  • Study from home – there are no classes to attend
  • Study at your own pace – You will study at a pace that suits you 
  • Save money – Distance learning tuition fees are affordable 
  • Assistance – You get assistance from our tutors 
  • COVID-19 free – You are safe from COVID-19 as you will not mix with other students and the public

Career Opportunities With A Crèche Management Qualification

Here are the career opportunities with a Crèche management qualification:

  • 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

Here are the duties of a Day Care Manager:

  • Hiring staff
  • Manages the staff
  • Attending meetings 
  • budgeting 
  • Ensures healthy and safety

Here are the duties of a Day Care Administrator:

  • Administrative tasks
  • Planning for the Centre
  • Designs learning programmes for children 
  • Files academic records 
  • Monitor academic progress

Here are the duties of an Au pair:

  • Arrange healthy meals 
  • Help children bath, dress and sleep
  • Engage in fun activities
  • Clean toys 
  • Assist with homework

Here are the duties of a Child Health and Nutrition Monitor:

  • 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

Here are the duties of a Nanny:

  • Looks after children 
  • Feeds and bath the children
  • Play fun games with children 
  • Perform light housekeeping 
  • Helps with homework

Benefits Of Studying At Matric College

Here are the benefits of studying at Matric College:

  • You study from home 
  • You will save on transport and associated costs like teas and lunches
  • You can study and work at the same time
  • You set your own study timetable
  • There are tutors to assist you all the way 
  • You receive your study material five (5) to seven (7) days after registration

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is how you store food in a Day Care:

  • Put away frozen and cold foods promptly after purchasing
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables before use
  • Store foods in covered containers in the refrigerator
  • Clean the refrigerator, freezer, and dry food storage areas frequently
  • Store foods and cleaning supplies in separate cupboards
  • Store cleaning supplies in a cupboard that is locked

Here are the supplies that should be in a Childcare environment:

  • Safety supplies
  • Kitchen supplies
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Childcare supplies
  • Child learning materials
  • Reading area materials
  • Block activity materials
  • Gross motor activity materials
  • Sand/water activity materials
  • Dramatic arts materials
  • Maths and science activity supplies 
  • Music/movement supplies
  • Childcare technology supplies

Here are the recommended Teacher-learner ratio in childcare:

0 – 24 months1:4
24 – 36 months1:5
35 – 60 months1:11
Over 60 months1:15

Home corner is a term that is used in pre-schools, for the area of the classroom where imaginative play happens. It is mostly set up as a kitchen. However, it can be any kind of environment that a child can identify. Other examples of a home corner can be a doctor’s surgery, a café or a marketplace.

A play corner is a space where children can play as and when they want to or as directed and monitored by the teacher. In this space, children can play individually or in a group.

Learning corners are special learning activities that promote independence and the love of learning. It involves children learning, playing and working on various tasks in the same  classroom under the supervision of their teacher.

The following are the five key principles of child supervision:

  • Children will be supervised constantly
  • Children will be supervised actively
  • Children will be supervised positively
  • Children will be supervised respectfully
  • Children will be supervised diligently

Child safety is an area concerned with limiting children’s exposure to hazards and reducing their risk of harm. It should be remembered that children are more vulnerable to accidents and their safety requires preventive approaches from adults.

Here is how you monitor safety procedures in Childcare:

  • Follow health and safety regulations
  • Regular cleaning and sanitising
  • Childproof all areas accessible to children
  • Prepare food appropriately
  • Store food appropriately
  • Train staff in health a safety
  • Secure the facility

Here are some of the most common hazards in a crèche setting:

  • Tripping and slipping
  • Using furniture to reach high points on walls
  • The risk of communicable diseases
  • Harassment and bullying
  • Carrying/lifting children and objects

Author: Collin Wilbesi
Date Published: April 26, 2022
Editor: Amy Venter