Educarer or Early Childhood Development Practitioner

Educarers mainly care for young children from birth up to school going age, at home or in an institution. This vocation offers a wide range of employment possibilities, and additional duties will vary according to the specific employment situation.

Educarers or nannies in a private home are likely to dress, feed and bath small children; play with them; supervise their homework; and read to them. They may perform domestic duties such as light housework, cooking and laundry and could be required to travel with the family to perform similar duties during the trip.

Educarers in institutions such as a crèche feed and clean small children; keep them busy constructively; tidy playrooms; and accompany children on excursions and look after them. They may help prepare meals and perform administrative duties.


  • crèches

  • day care centres

  • nursery schools

  • children’s homes

  • private families, as a professional nanny

  • overseas families, as an au pair

  • self-employment, for example as a day mother or own crèche

Getting Started

  • try and get baby-sitting jobs with family, friends and neighbours

  • speak to an educarer about this type of work


Adventist University of Central Africa, Africa Research University, Africa University, Alliance International University, Bishop Stuart Universities, Boland TVET College, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, Buffalo City TVET College, Busoga University, Capricorn TVET College, Catholic University of Eastern African, Catholic University of Rwanda, Cavendish University, Centre for Creative Education, Chilambana University, Coastal KZN TVET College, College of Cape Town , College of Intergrated Healthcare, DMI-St.Eugene University, Eastcape Midlands TVET College, Ekurhuleni West TVET College, Embu University College, False Bay College, Flavius Mareka TVET College, Gaborone University College of Law and Professional Studies, Gideon Roberts University, Headstart Mercy Montessori Teachers Training College, Headstart Mercy Montessori Training Centre, Helderberg College NPC, Institute of Development Management, Kabarak University, KCA University, Kenya Highlands Evangelical University, Kenya Methodist University, Kenyatta University, King Sabata TVET College, Kisii University, Kwame Nkrumah University, Kyambogo University, Machakos University College, Makerere University, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Meru University of Science and Technology, Mnambithi TVET College, Moi University, Motheo TVET College, Mount Kenya University, Mukuba University, Mulungushi University, Namibia College of Open Learning (NAMCOL), Northlink College, North-West University, Nsaka University, Orbit TVET College, Pearson Institute of Higher Education, Protestant Institute of Arts and Social Sciences, Pwani University College, Rosebank College, Rusangu University, Scott Christian University, Sedibeng TVET College, Solusi University, South Cape TVET College, South West Gauteng TVET College, St Paul's University, Texila American University, The Copperbelt University, The Eastern University, Thekwini TVET College, Trinity University, Tshwane South TVET College, Uganda Martyrs University, Umfolozi TVET College, Umgungundlovu TVET College, University of Eastern Africa Baraton, University of Education Winneba, University of Eldoret, University of Gitwe, University of Kisubi, University of Mpumalanga, University of Nairobi, University of Namibia, University of Pretoria, University of Rwanda, University of Swaziland, University of the Western Cape, Varsity College, West Coast TVET College, Zambian Open University, Zimbabwe Open University

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