• Early Years

    Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP)

  • SCQF Level

    Comparable to Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full time

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


Start your exciting journey in childcare with our SWAP Childhood Practice Level 6 course. You’ll gain knowledge and develop skills, through practical experiences, that will prepare you for a rewarding career in the sector. This course is suitable for adults who have been out of education for a minimum of three years. In our supportive learning environment, you’ll develop the skills, knowledge and positive attitude needed to work in the Early Learning and Childcare sector.

Entry Requirements

To join, you'll need:

  • a genuine interest in supporting children's learning and development
  • a minimum of 3 years out of education
  • eligibility for PVG scheme registration
  • to attend an interview with us
  • provide a satisfactory reference

If you think that you don’t meet the entry requirements but show a real commitment to study and are passionate about starting a career in childcare, please apply and we can discuss how we can support you.

Course Content

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in the following areas:

  • development of children and young people in an education setting
  • supporting language, literacy and numeracy
  • protecting and supporting children’s rights
  • providing an inclusive curriculum in childhood practice

Lessons are delivered face to face and assessment will be through essays, reports, presentations and a journal.

Initiatives such as Bookbug and Peep are introduced during the course. You’ll participate in practical community sessions which will allow you to apply your learning to real life scenarios. You’ll also be supported to plan, deliver and evaluate play activities for children and families.

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

On completion of the course, you may progress to:

  • HNC Childhood Practice or HNC Additional Support Needs

Why Choose This Course

Our course is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of Early Learning and Childcare.  You’ll learn the theory behind daily practice and gain the skills to lead and support children’s learning through practical play experiences with the local community. The valuable qualities you’ll develop will not only make you perfect for a career in Early Years, but can be transferred to other aspects of life, education and work.

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2024

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