Social Pedagogic Worker

Level 3
The Social Pedagogical Worker performs a wide range of tasks related to helping people to live as independently as possible, whether in a daycare or residential facility. The Social Pedagogical Worker works with children, adults, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities. Providing guidance in different areas of their lives (hygiene & basic care, school activities, mental wellbeing and leisure activities)

Course : Social Pedagogic Worker
Availability:Day or Evening Programs
Duration:3 years


The job of the Social Pedagogical Worker is performed under the responsibility of a supervisor, manager or director of the organization.
The responsibilities are:
-Responsible for the planning and execution of pedagogical lesson plans or care plans
- Guidance in the care of the ADL (activities of daily living)
- monitoring and reporting the wellbeing of the client
- signal and report red-flags in the normal development.
- signal and report safety hazards in the living environment
- work within a multidisciplinary team.
- Support by household tasks


Expert faculty with experience in the field will provide support to students. Due to the high amount of required self-study, students are expected to be self-directing. The student will gain hands-on, practical experience in the work field. The instructors are closely engaged with the supervisors from the field.
As student you will learn:
∙ Identify developmental disorders or delays, challenging behavior, and social disorders.
∙ How to set up projects / activities with a timeline and how to take care of implementation and evaluation.
∙ How to work according to the methodological cycle in a care setting
∙ How to incorporate the integral care within your organization
∙ How to follow the procedures of child protection, safety, and other protocols.
∙ How to formulate the request for help or advice and recognize the early signs of abuse by a client.
∙ How to support the teaching of (social) skills to clients with special needs, such as self-reliance and behavior control.
∙ How to build a relationship of trust with the client to represent his or her interests
∙ Stimulating (psycho / social) development by organizing re-creative and leisure activities, such as visual education, sports, games, and music


Some of the skills you will learn in the Social Pedagogical Worker program include recognizing various legal organizations, applying safety rules and regulations, writing reports, and planning activities.
- Accuracy
- Resourcefulness
- Flexibility
- Self-reliance
- A helpful attitude
- Affinity with care
- Result-oriented work attitude
- An analytical and conceptual intellect
- Oral and written command of English
- Ability to function in as a team member


The field of social pedagogical work is very broad. With a diploma in social pedagogical work, a student can find jobs in places like institutions for the mentally and physically challenged, daycare centers, afterschool programs, youth programs and support the social aspect in youth detention.


This program consist of classes in school and practical training in the workplace. A few days a week you will work at a company as a student employee. The practical training allows you to practice your skills and to learn all about the profession from professionals in real situations. This also means you will already have some work experience when you finish the program.


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This course requires a PKL, TKL, or a SBO level 2 diploma. The student could also have made it to HAVO 3 or equivalent to enter this course.

Level info:
Level 3 Professional.

Transitional options:
NIPA is using the SBO module system in transitioning from one year to the next.
This implies that grades obtained in the previous year will be carried over to the following year.
Students can thus follow the modules from the following year even if they did not successfully complete modules from the previous year, which can be retaken.

In order for a student to obtain an SBO diploma, they would have to successfully complete all partial qualifications.

There is also an opportunity to achieve partial qualification certificates.
In this system, the student is always rewarded, for achieving satisfactory grades.

Most SBO programs allow students to transition to higher levels depending of the structure of the program and if the program is being offered by the institute.

With a level 3 diploma, a graduate would be eligible to enter into a level 4 course.

5 reasons
to join NIPA:

  1. If you live in St. Maarten / St. Martin, you won't need to leave family and friends while you pursue your studies.
  2. NIPA has a dedicated staff of professionals to guide, support and motivate you throughout your studies.
  3. You will gain technical and vocational skills at an affordable price.
  4. You will receive extensive opportunities for further education and career development.
  5. Your experience will be life-changing.
I love where I work, and NIPA has helped me grow in my job.
Jean Charles Mackenson
working at IGY Marinas,
St. Maarten Apprenticeship

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