If you’re training as a childcare professional and studying the Diploma in Childcare, adjusting to academic life can be a bit of a leap.
This is especially difficult if you haven’t attended formal education for a number of years!
It’s not uncommon for hopeful childcare educators to experience frantic study sessions and the stress that may come along with it.
Fail to keep your stress in check and you might even start doubting if you are on the right path at all!
Sound familiar? You’re certainly not alone.
People training for any discipline – childcare included – can relate to this dilemma. Stress is common enemy of all students…. fortunately, there are ways of handling it effectively!
Here are our tips to help childcare students when studying your Diploma in Childcare.
Avoid cramming to avoid stress!
If stress was a food, the main ingredient would be time (or more specifically, a lack of it!)
While you still need to delegate time for the rest of your life, you can’t just cruise through your Diploma in Childcare thinking that you “have enough time”.
Fail to keep track of your time and you might find yourself rushing to cram in study, potentially causing huge amounts of stress.
Not to mention, cramming doesn’t even help you retain information!
If you want to avoid stress while retaining all the essential knowledge you’ll pick up over the course of your Diploma in Childcare, you need to study the right way.
That means not resorting to cramming.
If you want to avoid the stress that comes with cramming, we recommend meticulously organising your time.
Set out your daily tasks, rank them in order of importance and plan your days out.
And most importantly, once you have a schedule, try your very best to stick to it!
Avoid unnecessary distractions when studying
On a related note, distractions are another factor that can keep you from reaching your goals.
More often than not, distraction goes hand-in-hand with procrastination – maybe it’s an outing with friends, an event you simply can’t afford to miss, or even your favourite TV show.
In other cases, you might find yourself distracted by unnecessary side-tasks, over-committing yourself to other things or struggling to juggle study and family.
Whatever the cause, the result is the same: you aren’t giving enough attention to your studies.
Staying on target requires discipline. Of course, that doesn’t mean cutting yourself off from your family or social life!
You can still pursue other activities – before committing to them however, think about your studies first.
- Is this related to your studies?
- Are you currently on-track?
- Can you fit it into your limited time?
- Can you make time while still getting enough study?
- Are there any unimportant activities you can delay to fit this in?
If you can’t answer with a resounding “yes” to at least one of these, it might be a good idea to decline.
While your inner child might get upset now, you’ll be removing a huge source of stress in your life, allowing you to focus on becoming the best childcare worker you can be.
Find an outlet through stress-reliever activities
A little bit of “me” time can go a long way towards keeping your stress levels at bay.
Channelling your stress into fun and leisure activities can help you overcome stress, while at the same time helping you forget that you are stressed at all.
Do you have a hobby? Perhaps you have a sport? Or even a favourite album?
Turn that sport, arts and craft project or other activity into an outlet to unwind or take your stress out on something else. This helps your mind and body to de-stress and forget (even if only for while) whatever is stressing you out at the moment.
Whatever it is that works for you, make sure you allocate time for it!
Make sure you have a support group surrounding you
Your friends and family are a great source of emotional and moral support.
This type of support is a powerful stress-buster. Just having friends and loved ones who are ready to listen to how you feel and empathise with what you’re going through can do a lot in terms of helping you handle your stress.
Who knows, they might give you a piece of advice that helps you overcome whatever’s stressing you out about your childcare studies!
Enrol with Southern Solutions for childcare pathways that minimises your stress!
Working with young children can be challenging at times. And training as a childcare educator can be every bit as stressful!
But help is never out-of-reach.
At Southern Solutions, we do more than teach to the book.
We offer our students a range of study options that help minimise the stress that often comes with training.
Our goal is to produce passionate, well-rounded childcare educators, and excessive stress is that antithesis of that!
Here are some ways we help students minimise their stress:
- Part-time study options that works around your family and lifestyle
- Recognition of Prior Learning to speed up course completion
- Helpful course advisors always ready to lend an ear
- Flexible payment options to ease the burden of up-front payments
- Support services such as counselling and accommodation of special needs
For a full list of support services we offer, consult our student handbook.