12 August marks a special day — International Youth Day. International Youth Day is a day to celebrate all the positive energy that young individuals bring to our society.

The theme for 2015 is ‘Youth Civic Engagement,’ which focuses on the presence and interaction of all young people in the hopes of building a united society that benefits us all.

 The youth - the future

“The youth is the hope of our future” – Jose Rizal

Since the theme deals with youth engagement, we at Oxbridge Academy would like to tell you more about how you can get involved in childhood development and childcare in South Africa.

What is childcare?

Childcare is when children (of all ages) are supervised and cared for by a person other than the parent or primary caregiver for a specific time period (during the day, overnight, or over a weekend). With many women becoming more career-oriented, the demand for childcare services is growing around the world.

Why is childcare important?

Whether childcare takes place in the child’s home or in a day care centre, the main purpose remains the same:  to provide quality care while facilitating optimal childhood development.

Choosing the right childcare provider can be as important as choosing a post-Matric learning institution or career path: When children receive quality childcare from a young age, it helps to provide them with a strong cognitive and emotional foundation, especially in cases where the parents themselves do not have a strong educational background.  


Child painting

People all over the world are contributing to and shaping our society by encouraging and emphasising the importance of civic engagement at all levels, beginning with childcare. Youth civic engagement is a good way to enrich society and improve living conditions for all.

If you want to make a difference in your community, you can study a childhood development course at Oxbridge Academy, and get involved in childcare activities that will help to shape our youth and prepare them for the future.

Find out more about studying childhood development