Profession : Childcare assistant

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Childcare assistants work in a team, under the responsibility of a nurse. They help to provide care for health or sick children, or those with disabilities, in a variety of settings.

Childcare assistants work in crèches, playgroups, mother and infant welfare centres, maternity care, doctor's surgeries and paediatric surgeries and in specialised healthcare establishments for the care of children with disabilities or chronic illnesses.

Conditions of admission : Childcare assistant

Registration

Registration are closed.

Conditions for registration

Full-time course

  • No prior qualification is required to sit the written eligibility exam

Part-time course

  • At least 17 years old on the day on which training starts
  • Hold a French school leaver's certificate in ASSP (Accompagnement, soins et services à la personne – support and care services) and €2,838 for those holding a French school leaver's in SAPAT (Services aux personnes et aux territoires – social services in rural areas)
  • Or in "terminale" (year 13) studying for ASSP or SAPAT. In this instance, a place would only be offered upon condition of completing the leaver's certificate.

Exams

Full-time course

  1. Two written eligibility exams
  • An obligatory set of psychometric tests – duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • An exam on general culture – duration: 2 hours

The following are exempt from the written exam on general culture:

  • Candidates holding a French certificate or diploma, at minimum at level IV (Find out more about diploma levels)
  • Candidates holding a French certificate or diploma in the healthcare or social sector, at minimum at level V (Find out more about diploma levels)
  • Candidates holding a certificate or diploma from their home country allowing direct access to university-level education in the country in which the certificate/diploma was awarded.
  • Students nurses who completed their first year of study in France and did not enter second year

     2.  An oral entranceexam – duration: 20 minutes

 

Part-time course

  • At least one year of professional experience in a position relating to the diploma is required, to qualify for partial exemption from the training. The duration of the professional experience must be indicated on the work certificates provided. 
  • A case study
  • An exam on the various component parts, using a table designed by the Regional Heath Authority. Successful candidates are invited to interview. Candidates whose applications are not successful are informed by post. 
  • An individual interview

 

Training : Childcare assistant

Full-time course

Length of the training

  • 10 months, alternating between classes and placements

Structure

  • 8 training modules

- Module 1 : Supporting the early development and daily life of a child – 4 weeks

- Module 2 : Clinical condition of a person throughout his/her life – 2 weeks

- Module 3 : Caring for children – 5 weeks

- Module 4 : Ergonomics – 1 week

- Module 5 : Communication and relationships – 2 weeks

- Module 6 : Hygiene of the premises – 1 week

- Module 7 : Passing on information – 1 week

- Module 8 : Structure of the work – 1 week 

  • 6 placements

Part-time course

Structure

For those holding a French school leaver's certificate in ASSP (Accompagnement, soins et services à la personne – support and care services)
  • Training unit 1: 5-week module
  • Training unit 2: 2-week module
  • Training unit 3: 4-week module
  • Training unit 5: 2-week module
  • 4 placements: 18 weeks in healthcare, social or medical-social services
For those holding a French school leaver's certificate in SAPAT (Services aux personnes et aux territoires)
  • Training unit 1: 5-week module
  • Training unit 2: 2-week module
  • Training unit 3: 4-week module
  • Training unit 5: 2-week module
  • Training unit 6: 1-week module
  • 5 placements: 20 weeks in healthcare, social or medical-social services

Training costs : Childcare assistant

In 2017/2018

Full-time course

  • Costs for independent applicants: €4,379 including VAT and registration fee: €100
  • Costs for those receiving financial assistance: €7,975 including VAT

If your financial help does not cover the entirety of these costs, you must pay the fee in full, regardless of the funding body.

Part-time course

  1. Costs for independent applicants
  • Those holding a French school leaver's certificate in ASSP (Accompagnement, soins et services à la personne – support and care services) : €3,663 including VAT 
  • Those holding a French school leaver's certificate in SAPAT (Services aux personnes et aux territoires – social services in rural areas) : €3,986 including VAT

     2. Costs for those receiving financial assistance

  • Those holding a French school leaver's certificate in ASSP (Accompagnement, soins et services à la personne – support and care services) : €6,668 including VAT 
  • Those holding a French school leaver's certificate in SAPAT (Services aux personnes et aux territoires – social services in rural areas) : €7,256 including VAT

There is a registration fee (€65) which shall remain the property of IFAS (Institut de Formation pour les Aides-Soignants – training institute for care-givers) in case of withdrawal from or abandonment of the course, and fees associated with the placements.