Early year’s provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early childhood education experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement. Meaningful play is an important element of early year’s courses, however there’s also a significant amount of theory which increases with each level. So as well as having hands-on fun, be prepared for a lot of reading and writing too.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- A real interest in children’s learning and development
- Five relevant National 4s or equivalent, including English OR a relevant course at SCQF Level 4
- An interview with us
- A satisfactory reference
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in childcare. It will also develop your knowledge, practical skills and qualities for working with children.
Here’s just some of what you’ll be doing:
- You’ll explore the importance of play for children from birth to 16 years. You’ll look at different types of play and activities, such as imaginative, creative, books and technology. You’ll develop skills to plan child-centered play experiences to help them reach their full potential.
- You’ll look specifically at the importance of creative and aesthetic experiences in the development of under 12s, including visual art, craft, dance, music and drama.
- You’ll look at child development and health from birth to 16 years, including physical, emotional and social, cognitive and language development. You’ll explore the factors which influence development, and also key indicators for wellbeing.
- You’ll look and how to care for and feed babies and children up to 12 years, within an early education and childcare setting.
- You’ll explore the different types of provision in the early education and childcare sector, including local authority nurseries and schools, voluntary playgroups and clubs, and private nurseries and independent schools. You’ll develop skills and qualities for a career in this sector.
- You’ll explore the different types of family in modern society and look at the rights that all children should have in relation to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
You’ll also have the chance to:
- Get creative and make resources like a story box or apron.
- Have fun taking part in games, action songs and storytelling.
- Visit outdoor play settings, such as Eglinton Country Park, Dean Park or an outdoor nursery.
In this course you will have built transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto a Level 6 course such as NC Higher Early Education and Childcare
- Seeking to start your career in the care sector as a Support Worker in a range of early learning and childcare settings.