Early years provision has changed significantly over the years. Today effective early learning and childcare experiences are recognised as playing a key role in future life chances and achievement. Meaningful play is an important element of early years 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 including English or equivalent OR relevant course at SCQF Level 4
- An interview with us
- A satisfactory reference
- Eligible to be a member of the PVG scheme
Please note, If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please apply or call us for a chat.
This course will help you gain the knowledge and understanding you’ll need to work successfully in early learning and 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, discovery, books and technology. You will develop skills to plan child-centered play experiences that will help them reach their full potential.
- You’ll look specifically at the importance of outdoor learning, risky play and health and safety aspects of how to include outdoor learning into play experiences. You will also learn how to promote the physical and emotional well-being of children and young people.
- 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 such as safe, healthy and active.
- 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. Develop skills & qualities for a career in this sector.
- You’ll look more specifically at out of school care provision and how to engage with children and young people encouraging participation in decision making.
You’ll also have the chance to:
- Get creative and make resources like a den and messy play science experiments. Have fun taking part in energetic games, action songs and storytelling. Visit outdoor play settings, such as Eglinton Country Park or an outdoor nursery.
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 & Childcare settings.