Many professions exist in the field of Early Childhood. They are generally accessible in short-term training and allow rapid professional integration without age limits. How to work with toddlers after an orientation or a reorientation? Here is a guide on training in the Early Childhood sector.
Take training to work in Early Childhood
To be able to work in the Early Childhood sector, you must follow certain training courses. The modules are accessible face-to-face or online depending on the training organizations. It is possible to train remotely on this site. To obtain the first level of qualification sought in this field, you will be trained on many topics. These include taking care of children, providing educational support and teaching them to respect hygiene rules. To these modules are added general subjects such as French, mathematics, history and geography.
Early Childhood Educational Support CAP training (AEPE)
To work in Early Childhood, the main course is that of CAP training Early Childhood Educational Support (AEPE). It lasts 2 years and allows you to obtain a State Diploma. To follow this learning program, you must have at least level 3e. You can also access it one year after the Bac. The training prepares you for the examination of the Ministry of National Education.
DEAP training is intended for people who wish to become childcare auxiliaries. It allows them to master the practice of early learning activities essential to the development of the child. This 10-month training course is accessible without qualification conditions to all people aged 17 or over. It is sanctioned by a diploma recognized by the State which allows to work in different professional environments.
Competitions to access certain schools
To access certain early childhood training schools, you must pass an entrance examination. This is the case, for example, of the EJE (school for educating young children). This school provides future Early Childhood professionals the learning they need to supervise toddlers and promote their intellectual and emotional development. The training lasts 3 years.
In addition, there are also competitions that you can take to directly access the public service with a diploma in the field of Early Childhood: the ATSEM competition for example. Many preparatory training courses (distance or face-to-face) are available to help you in this regard.
The qualities required to work in early childhood
In addition to the diplomas required to work in this sector, you will need to have at least two years of professional experience with children. You will also be looking for certain qualities: patience, empathy, love of children, the ability to work in a team.
If you choose to work with the little ones, you can practice in the fields of education, health or even animation. Child protection is also an option. Here is a non-exhaustive list of early childhood professions.
Early Childhood Educator (EJE)
An early childhood educator takes care of children under the age of 7. The EJE contributes to their awakening as well as to their social and intellectual development. He often works with disadvantaged or disabled children.
Still called a nanny, the nursery assistant takes care of the children in the absence of their parents. She welcomes them to her home. She ensures the comfort, well-being and safety of the children while babysitting them. It occupies them with activities that strengthen their awakening.
The latter often works in collaboration with childcare auxiliaries. It contributes to the well-being of children and their provides the necessary care for their hygiene. It also ensures their safety and sets up fun and educational activities to stimulate their openness to the world.
Specialized Territorial Agent for nursery schools (ATSEM)
A specialized regional nursery school officer looks after the children during their day at school. She is often considered a second mistress.
Supporting students with disabilities (AESH)
AESH’s mission is toassist disabled children in class. It may be requested to exclusively support a child who needs sustained support. He is then qualified as an individual AESH.
Child care assistant
The childcare assistant takes care of newborns and small children, healthy or sick. It gives them basic care and takes care of their hygiene. She can also maintain their room.
Early childhood animator or extracurricular animator
This job consists of proposing and lead fun, artistic and even sporting activities for children. Its activities are carried out with children in kindergarten and elementary school during extracurricular periods. The extracurricular animators also welcome children and parents when they arrive at school in the morning. They accompany them during their meal, help them with their homework and welcome parents again at the end of the day.
Whether or not you opt for the civil service, you will be able to work from home with your CAP. You can also exercise in nurseries, day care centers, leisure centers, camps or holiday centers. You can also be recruited from maternity hospitals, nursery schools or child protection services.
Possible salaries in early childhood
The monthly salary of a beginner in the field of early childhood varies between 1100 and 2200 euros per month depending on the trade. This salary may increase with seniority. In addition, in the public service, bonuses and allowances can be added.
Opportunities to continue in this field at the next level
To go to the next level, you need get a Bac pro ASSP. For this, you will have to validate general subjects (mathematics, French, physical sciences, chemistry, history-geography) and biology. With this diploma, you can continue your studies at the higher level to obtain a BTS (Bac + 2) in a health and social field.
You can then register for a pro Early Childhood license. This training lasts 1 year. With this diploma, you can occupy, among other things, a position of manager in a structure for children.
How to become a Montessori educator?
The Montessori teaching method ensures the awakening and development of all children. It places the child at the center of learning and allows him to develop skills such as self-confidence and autonomy. With this method, each child can progress at their own pace. To become a Montessori educator, you will need to follow a course at the Higher Institute Maria Montessori (only approved center in France) in order to understand what this approach consists of. This special learning program will allow you to take charge of the education of children based on their physical, intellectual and social needs.
Many unapproved training courses are also available to education professionals who do not have much time. These trainings allow you to learn how to interact with the child during sensitive periods. They also make it possible to know the child’s development plans and the method of preparing the learning environment.
It is true that working with Early Childhood (0 to 6 years old) is a vocation even before being a profession. However, to do this, you need not only qualities, but also knowledge in the subject. You can acquire this basic knowledge by being trained to obtain the CAP AEPE.