During your educare studies, you’ll be required to put the theory you’ve learnt into practice! You’ll have the exciting opportunity to spend time at educare facilities and to present lessons to children. Read on for expert advice that will help you pass this important part of your course.
Oxbridge Academy’s experienced educare tutors offer the following 6 tips to students who are doing their practical assessments:
1. Stick to your schedule
There are various requirements regarding how much time you need to spend at an educare facility for your practicals. During the N4 Educare National Certificate, for example, you must be present at the crèche or school for 10 school days, for at least 5 hours per day. Make sure that you arrive a few minutes early every day. If you are going to be absent, you should let the teacher, facilitator, or supervisor know as soon as possible.
2. Prepare your lessons properly
As part of your practical component, you will be required to present lessons during your time at the ECD facility. You need to ensure that your lessons are well prepared at home and in line with the lesson plan that you would have received with your study material. Also remember that lessons have to be discussed with your teacher, facilitator, or supervisors at least two days before you aim to present them. You will not be allowed to present your lessons if you can’t show that you’ve done the necessary preparation.
3. Be helpful and proactive
During your time at the school, you should strive to be as helpful and attentive as you can. Assist the teacher with the various tasks they need to do in the class, and pay careful attention to how everything is done. Being passive and unenthusiastic will more than likely result in you failing your practical.
4. Follow the assignment instructions
Your practical component will also include various assignments for you to complete. You will be given a list of instructions that will tell you what sizes, colours, and formats these assignments need to be in. Make sure that you always keep this information at hand when completing your assignments: it’s a good idea to print them out and stick them up in your study area. Remember that all the information you’ll need to complete the assignments will be in your textbooks.
5. Be neat and tidy
During your practicals, you should strive to create a good impression by dressing neatly and ensuring that you comply with the school or crèche’s dress code. Make sure that you dress professionally; clothes such as low-cut tops or short mini-skirts will be frowned upon. You should pay similar attention to the neatness of your assignments. For example, ensure that pictures are neatly cut out and that your writing is clear and neat.
6. When in doubt, ask for help
Many students are reluctant to approach their college for help when they are unsure of something. It’s therefore important for you to know that your tutors, student advisors, and facilitators are there to answer any questions you have and to give you advice. When you’re struggling with something, don’t be afraid to approach them.