Last update 29/09/2022
The Paris Institute of Childcare Training prepares you for the role of an Educational Assistant with a level IV professional certification programme, known as the Titre Professionnel Accueillant Éducatif.
This training equips professionals with tools and skills to lead projects in early years settings (children 0 to 6 years old) such as crèches, nursery schools or home childcare. It provides professionals with solid pedagogical references and contemporary “best practices” to guarantee quality care, focused on the specificity of each child. Additionally, it offers an ideal environment for the development of professional autonomy and individual reflection.
At the end of the training, the trainee should be able to:
- Accompany the child in his or her development and learning
- Support parents in their parenting and ensure educational continuity
- Propose group and/or individual activities adapted to the child’s development
- Implement, develop or contribute to the development of an educational project and the management of space in early years settings
- Respond to the needs of the child and provide daily care
- Obtain the professional certification of Educational Assistant (level IV, i.e. BAC level)
The skills targeted in the diploma are defined by the certifier of the diploma. More information can be found here, at the National Repertory of Professional Certifications.
To participate in this training, you must :
- Be over 18 years old
- Have a full-time work permit (a student visa is not enough)
- Be available full time from September to the beginning of July
- Have a minimum level A2/B1 in French. While some trainers are bilingual, the majority of the classes will be predominantly in French. The papers and presentations that are required for the diploma must also be in French. There are several books to read throughout the year, which are also in French.
- Be fluent in English, reading and writing
- Have at least a CAP, BEP or any BAC. Foreign diplomas are also accepted at an equivalent level. However, nursery assistants can access the training without any diploma, after one year of experience in the field.
- Have initial experience with children 0 to 6 years old (home care, internship/employment in a crèche/school/daycare, summer camp…)
Terms and conditions of access
- Duration: 650 hours over 10 months, from September to the beginning of July, each year
- Training hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 12pm and from 1pm to 3:30pm
- Work experience in a family via an approved company, with childcare for children from 0 to 6 years old after school and on Wednesdays
- Registrations are made in January of each year. Fill out the online form or contact us by email: email@example.com
- The steps to register are as follows:
- Complete an application form (CV, identity papers, …)
- Individual motivation interview
- Group information meeting (at the training center or by video-conference)
- For work-study programs, complete the recruitment process with a partner company and sign a work-study contract
- Confirmation of final registration
- Start of the training program in September
Fees and financing
Work-study training (alternance)
- This training programme can be accessed through “alternance” training – meaning, contracts where the employee is paid for training with the training centre while also completing professional work experience with a company.
- The costs of the training at Paris ICT are covered by OPCO EP and your salary is covered by the approved company for which you will be working (childcare in a family).
- You will have a firm job for 10 months, in an apprenticeship or professionalization “alternance” contract.
- Pôle Emploi : You can ask for financing from Pôle Emploi if you are a job seeker : ask your Pôle Emploi advisor for information.
- Personal financing : the educational cost of the training is paid by the trainee. Contact us for a personalized estimate according to your personal situation: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The teaching approach involves blended learning: a mix of in-person classes at the training center, distance classes on a video-conference platform, and e-learning modules.
- A dedicated tutor follows students from the beginning to the end of the program, guiding and advising their research and writing.
- A large part of the programme is dedicated to autonomous research and writing, allowing space and time for students to reflect and deepen in their understanding.
- The training is bilingual (English and French), however, most of the trainers speak only in French.
- The approach is diverse and multidisciplinary, with trainers from a variety of early years backgrounds (child psychologists, childhood educators, pediatric nurses etc.)
- The trainers use varied approaches to supporting learning, including: theoretical discussion in class, interactive sessions, practical workshops, written and oral exercises, individual and group work, professional situations and case studies, research and independent work, and follow-up and support in the preparation of documents and presentations.
- Resources include a training space with a library of materials, a digital platform with online teaching materials and a dedicated Extranet for each student with course calendars and information.
- Professional experience with children 0 to 6 at home (as a child minder) and/or at a work placement in a collective setting (crèche or école maternelle) are an important part of the program.
There are regular written and oral evaluations of learning throughout the program.
Each block is validated by:
- A report and oral presentation of a research project, carried out in small groups.
- A multiple-choice exam.
There is an end-of-year research paper (“dossier de fin d’étude”) and presentation that is worked on throughout the year.
The diploma is delivered by a national jury that evaluates each student according to:
- The validation of the blocks.
- The work placement and professional experience with children throughout the year, and
- The end-of-year “dossier” and oral presentation.
There is also the possibility of validating certain modules based on past professional experiences or diplomas.
Les modules de la formation
The training modules are defined by the diploma certifier, and are organized by block.
Block 1 : Accompany the child in his/her development and learning
- Major stages of child development
- Active pedagogies (Montessori, Pikler, Itinerance Ludique …)
Block 2 : Supporting parents in their parenting and ensuring educational continuity
- The child’s environment
Block 3 : Offer group and/or individual activities adapted to the child’s development
- Monitoring the child’s development
- Early childhood activities
Block 4 : Implement, develop or contribute to the development of an educational project.
- Principles of education
- Organizing spaces
Block 5 : Respond to the needs of the child and provide daily care
- Hygiene care and sleep
- Child nutrition and food safety
- Accompanying children with special needs
- Child safety and welfare
- Child pathologies and notions of care