Where can I Study Educare?

Educare is a study field that provides students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills in caring for young children. You can study Educare at the following learning institutions:

What Requirements Are Needed To Study Educare?

Educare is a post-matric course. This means that you must have a matric certificate (NSC) to study this course. A matric certificate is the requirement for starting the Educare: NATED N4 National Certificate

Once you complete this first course, it will count as the entry requirement for the course that follows and so forth.

How Long Does An Educare Course Take?

Here is a breakdown of the Educare course duration:

The theoretical part of the Educare programme (the first three courses) take a total of 36 months to complete. The final practical course takes 18 months to complete. ( Keep in mind the course work for the first 3 courses can be completed entirely online but exams will be done at a designated exam center.)

In total, the whole Educare programme takes 54 months to get your Educare Diploma.

Is Educare Recognised By The Department Of Education?

Yes, the Educare programme is recognised and accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This qualification is registered on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). 

You will also write your final matric examination at an allocated DHET venue.

The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers, the Department of Basic Education, the Department of Higher Education and Training, and the Quality Councils of Trades and Occupations have all certified Matric College as a distance learning institution. The majority of their courses are accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) and are included on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

Matric College offers recognised NATED Courses via distance learning, giving you the independence and flexibility to study and work at the same time!

How Do I Pass Educare?

As with all educational opportunities, it is important to take your Educare studies seriously. Here are a few tips for passing your Educare courses. 

Stay On Track With Your Schedule

Even though Distance Learning means that you will be able to study whenever you want to, it is still important to have a framework to make sure that you stay on track with your studies. 

You should plan your studies so that you have enough time to complete assignments and prepare for your exams.

You can download past Educare papers for free so that you can prepare for the type of questions to expect.

Prepare Lessons Properly

During the Educare course, you will need to complete practical work experience at a childcare facility. This will include planning lessons for young children.

Make sure that you follow the guidelines given during your coursework and the instructions given to you by the teacher. Your lessons must be entertaining, suitable for young children to understand, and interactive.

You can discuss your lessons with your teacher before you present them for extra advice.

Help Wherever You Can During Your Practicals

Do not be afraid to help during your practical work experience. You will be expected to assist teachers/instructors wherever you can. Be enthusiastic and pay attention to how things should be done.

If you know how to complete a task, it is a good idea to complete it before they ask you to. If you do not know how something should be done, ask the educator how to do it or if there is something else you can help with.

Do Not Be Afraid To Ask For Help

Your tutors, teachers or facilitators are there to help you learn and grow. You can feel free to ask them for advice or assistance.

Your enthusiasm and willingness to learn will show them that you are serious about what they are doing.

Can I Do Educare Without Matric?

No, you cannot do Educare without having a matric certificate. An NSC is a minimum requirement for starting your Educare programme. 

If you do not have a matric certificate, you can get one by completing an Adult Matric programme as offered by Bellview Institute of Distance Learning.

Are Educare Courses Free?

If you want to study an accredited and recognised Educare course, there will be a fee. You can contact Bellview if you would like to find out more about the course pricing.

Distance Learning is a cheaper alternative to contact learning that still provides students with quality education and accredited qualifications.

How Much Do Educare Teachers Earn?

The salary expectations for each career in Educare vary depending on your qualifications and your workplace. 

The average yearly salary for an Educare employee is around R65 000 per year. The average bonus of an Educare employee is around R3 000.

What Is Educare?

Educare falls undert the (NATED)National Technical and Edcationa Diploams of qualifications. Educare is the study of all things related to caring for children from ages 0 to 5. This involves obtaining necessary skills in childcare, Educare didactics, daycare management, and first aid. In essence, this programme will prepare you to help children learn and grow in their essential early developmental stages.

Some of the things you will learn during the programme include:

  • Planning lessons and how to teach them to young children
  • Identifying symptoms of common child illnesses
  • Daycare Management and how to plan a budget
  • How to take care of young children

Educare Distance Learning Courses at Bellview

The Educare programme consists of four separate courses. The first three courses are theoretical while the last course involves practical work experience. 

Entry Requirements For Bellview’s Educare Programme

Starting your Educare journey requires having a matric certificate (National Senior Certificate). Each course after the Educare: NATED N4 National Certificate can be completed in their given order.

Benefits Of Studying Educare With Bellview

Choosing to further your studies with Bellview Institute of Distance Learning will provide you with many benefits. These benefits include:

  • Studying at your own pace: Distance Learning allows you to create your own study schedule. You simply need to make sure that you hand in assignments on time and that you are prepared for your exams
  • No physical classes: With no physical classes, there is no need to pay extra for facilities or traveling fees making Distance Learning generally cheaper than contact learning. You can study whenever and wherever you want to
  • Improve your skillset: Since you will have free time to work while you study, you can learn new skills to apply to your current job. This will allow you to practically implement your new skills and could make you eligible for a promotion
  • Support systems: Bellview offers a wide range of support systems. Their course specialists will guide you in choosing the right study path that fits your goals. They also have trained staff who respond to any queries or concerns you may have. Students will also gain access to student support platforms, such as Together We Pass
  • Quick deliveries: Bellview makes sure that your course materials are delivered directly to your doorstep once you have registered for one of their courses. This usually takes 5-7 working days, but if you live outside of the major cities, the delivery time may vary
  • Feedback and results: At Bellview, assignment results and feedback are prioritised. You will get your results and helpful comments within 48 hours of submission so that you can learn from each experience
  • Application: You can apply for one of Bellview’s many courses by contacting one of their course specialists, calling their landline (0800 39 00 27), or filling in the online application form

Author: Karla Nortier
Editor: Megan Dreyer

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