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


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