WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care

Provided by Asian International College


Course introduction

Introduction


Programme Overview

The WSQ Higher Certificate Infant Care (WSQ HCIC) is a required professional qualification for an educarer working with children aged 2 to 18 months. The course is designed to prepare early years' educarers with the knowledge and skills in caregiving, provision of appropriate learning experiences and stimulating environment in the care of infants and toddlers.

Course Learning Outcomes

  • A strong understanding of theories and practices in child development
  • The ability to implement theories into practice
  • The ability to plan and execute intentional as well as developmentally and culturally appropriate programmes and activities for young children (2 to 18 months)
  • The ability to facilitate effective development and learning among children of various age groups
  • The ability to collaborate with key stakeholders towards the holistic and comprehensive development of young children
  • A commitment towards professional development and personal growth
Entry Requirements
  • At least 21 years of age
  • At least Secondary 2 qualifications OR completed 8 years of formal education
  • Completed Fundamentals Certificate in Early Childhood Care & Education
  • Attained an average SOA 4 in the WPL series
Assessment

Students will be assessed based on individual or group work for every module in the programme. The weightage for assignment will range from 40% to 60%.

Duration

The course comprises of 7 modules conducted over 8 months on a part-time basis or 4 months on a full-time basis. Students are required to complete 180 classroom hours and 120 practicum hours.

Requirement for Graduation

To qualify for certification of the programme and/or progression to the next level of the programme, students must pass all prescribed modules and practicum (where applicable).
  • Students will be notified on the collection of transcripts within 3 months from the last assessment
  • The certificates will be presented to the student upon graduation annually

Award

Students who successfully complete all modules will be awarded the WSQ Higher Certificate in Infant Care by Asian International College.

Course Outline

Overview and Introduction to Early Years Landscape in Singapore

The Early Years Development Framework (EYDF) aims to enhance the quality of care and development of infants, toddlers and nursery children aged 2 months through 3 years. This programme aims to familiarise childcare personnel with the EYDF so that they can effectively interpret and translate its principles into good practices at childcare centres to support the overall development of young children.

Principles of Infant and Toddler Development

This area of study describes the theoretical and knowledge bases of development in the early years to help the development of quality care practices. Particular attention will be paid to the role of the infant educarer and the attitude necessary to facilitate all aspects of infant and toddler development. The emphasis will be on how knowledge and theory informs caring, respectful practice.

Environmental Design for Infant/Toddler Programmes

Infants and toddlers, in part, form images from contacts with their environment. Thus, environment can be a powerful teaching tool at the disposal of the caregiver. It is a core element of the Infant and Toddler Curriculum. These elements are of particular importance for the very young ones because the surroundings and atmosphere have a significant influence on a child's personal comfort, health and safety, and even on their interpersonal behaviour.

Infant/Toddler Curriculum

Caring for infants and toddlers cannot be set down in schedules and lists. It is all about relationships that grow from a number of interactions. This module is all about the need for Infant and Toddler Educarers to be responsive to the naturally occurring actions of infants and toddlers and be aware of the nature of early development in order to better plan and implement strategies to enhance these developments.

Partnerships with Families 

Research indicates that it is through environments that parallel a safe and warm home environment that infants and toddlers function optimally. This is supported by the knowledge of consistency of care and routines as essential ingredients in supporting attachment. In order for this to occur, optimal relationships with parents must first exist. Educarers need to include the family in important decisions about their children under their care. This module highlights the importance of Educarers supporting parents by acknowledging their concerns as well as appreciating their feelings, apprehensions and contributions in the on-going "educaring" of their children.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing

This module focuses on the important role of safety, health and nutrition in infant and toddler educare. It combines basic information and theory, as well as practical applications, resources and care giving skills needed for working with infant and toddlers in the 21st Century.

Professional Placement

This module provides learners with opportunities to apply the knowledge and concepts of child development theory when working with very young children. During the Practicum, the learners play the role of a warm and nurturing caregiver and implement a variety of developmentally appropriate play activities. As the learners engage in observation of the roles played by other experienced caregivers, they take this opportunity to acquire skills in working with infants/toddlers as well as relating and working effectively with their families.

Funding

Government funding schemes are available for all Singaporeans and PRs. Please approach our friendly Relationship Management Officers for assistance.
 



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