Certificate in Childcare

Do you have a passion for working with children? Are you interested in a career in childcare? Do you want to better understand the way children behave and the importance of play? Then this course is for you.




Approximately 300 hours
to complete the course, which has 3 key modules made up of 33 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

This foundation course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills required to pursue a career in childcare or working with children, including practical hands-on experience and special projects.

Course Outline

3 Key Modules, made up of 33 subjects.

Module 1: Child Psychology (100 hours)

This module aims to help you learn how to think critically, make observations of behaviour, and better understand how genetic and environmental factors can influence a child’s development. You will explore the different personalities of children and learn how best to adapt the way you interact and teach based on them. Discover if intelligence is genetically determined and how socialisation impacts a child.

The module also aims to teach you how Freud’s, Harlow’s and Bowlby’s explanations of the formation of mother-child attachments differ, and how a child’s upbringing will impact their growth and development.

Module 2: Play Leadership (100 hours)

It is well-researched that uninterrupted play is important for a child’s social, physical and mental development. This module will explore how play encourages brain development, stimulates creativity, increases a child’s academic ability, and enhances quality of life through to adulthood. Discover the difference between physical play, independent play and social play.

You will develop an ability to evaluate a range of different play apparatus, including playground structures, toys, sports equipment, commenting on quality, safety features, appropriate applications and cost benefit. Learn the practical skills required to carry out a play leadership role in different situations and how to plan a supervised children’s play program.

Module 3: Children’s Nutrition (100 hours)

This module provides a holistic approach to children’s nutrition, that explores not only what to feed children, but also pre-pregnancy and pregnancy nutritional requirements, how to manage food sensitivities and how to create healthy eating behaviours. You will learn practical skills so you can develop special diet plans (accommodating special dietary needs). Explore the most common concerns for children when it comes to diet and nutrition, how to minimise the risk of obesity, and how to encourage healthy eating throughout childhood.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in or as:

› Childcare
› Children’s Services
› Child Counselling
› School Counselling
› Teacher’s Aide
› Youth Work

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.

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