In order to provide care to vulnerable and ill persons, caregivers are required to have specific qualifications. They must know how to lift and carry patients safely, know how to lift heavy objects, and must be trained in basic first aid and life support skills. In some countries, such as Kenya, caregiver course requirements are required by law.
Preliminary results of caregiver course requirements in Kenya
To become a qualified caregiver in Kenya, there are certain qualifications that need to be met. These include specialization in various afflictions, lifting techniques, and basic first aid and life support training. These courses are free of charge and can be taken as many times as required.
TESDA’s role in regulating caregiving training programs in Kenya
There are many different certification programs available for caregivers in Kenya. These programs are based on the National Competency Standards and Training Regulations of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). Graduates of these programs are well qualified to provide quality care in both the home and workplace.
TESDA is responsible for ensuring that these programs are accredited by the government and are run in a professional manner. However, there are many unauthorized caregiving training centers that pose unfair competition for legitimate caregiving training programs. Graduates of these programs often lack the training and knowledge necessary to provide care services in a healthcare setting. This is one of the reasons that TESDA is working to restrict the proliferation of these training centers. It is important for TESDA to ensure that all caregiving training programs are accredited and registered by TESDA.
Graduates of caregiving training programs should take the Assessment and Certification process. Some caregiving training courses may require on-the-job training with a nursing home. A National Certificate – Level II (NC II) is valid for five years and must be renewed.
For Filipinos looking to work in other countries, a TESDA caregiving course is an excellent investment. The need for caregivers is on the rise and the supply is limited. The aging population in many first-world countries is pushing the need for caregivers higher. The TESDA caregiving course can help them earn more income as they travel to different countries.
KKL’s engagement with parents of caregivers in Kenya
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, KKL launched an outreach program aimed at empowering caregivers. The program educates caregivers about the importance of education and provides guidance on how to support students’ learning at home. It also provides caregivers with online tools and resources.
According to the survey, 91% of caregivers would recommend KKL to their peers. Confidence levels among caregivers increased by 23%, and the caregivers’ belief in their own knowledge did not decrease. Moreover, caregivers were able to access most of the educational resources on their phones. They also remembered most of the safety tips and best practices they learned. In addition, two-thirds of caregivers cited schools as the best place to receive information on phone safety and best practices. With these results in mind, KKL is working to develop partnerships with schools and engage relevant government stakeholders.
The study also conducted key informant interviews with six teachers, three CHWs, and the nurse in charge. Teachers in the school identified key challenges including food insecurity, absentees, and mental health. In addition, caregivers identified the importance of integrating nutrition and physical activity in child care. The study also sought to better understand the role of shifting parental roles and caregiver practices on child development.