• Early Years

    Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP) Year 2

  • SCQF Level

  • Attendance / Duration

  • Start Date

    Aug 2024


The course is designed to be over 4 days with later start times and earlier stopping times (9.30 to 2.45) to support students attending during school hours to avoid the need for childcare for school-age children. It will be delivered in Carrick Opportunities centre and sometimes online.

Start your exciting career journey in childcare with our Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP) course. Gain essential skills, and knowledge, and develop a positive attitude needed for the Early Learning and Childcare sector. On this course, you will learn and develop an understanding of legislation, theories, and practical skills.  

You will explore initiatives like Bookbug and Peep, where you will learn to lead and support children's play experiences. 

Entry Requirements

To study on this course, you’ll need:

  • Completion of Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP) I
  • a real interest in supporting children's learning and development. 
  • to be eligible for a PVG 
  • an interview with us  
  • a satisfactory reference 
  • five relevant National 5s, including English (essential) and Math (preferred)
  • OR Relevant SCQF Level 5 course or equivalent (such as NC Early Education and Childcare)

If you don’t meet the entry requirements, don’t worry. If you can show life skills and a real commitment to study, please apply. We will consider your application and discuss how we can support you. 

Course Content

  • Child development
  • Supporting Child Development through Play
  • Curriculum in Early Learning and childcare
  • Child protection and supporting the well-being of children
  • Supporting Communication
  • practical activity skills
  • develop meta skills like Professional Integrity and Curiosity
  • transferable skills in research and digital proficiency
  • technical skills supporting children and families in the community

Lessons are delivered face-to-face and online. You will have the opportunity to participate in practical community sessions and workplace experiences. This will provide hands-on learning opportunities.

You can expect assessments to include essays, presentations, and a journal.  

Next Steps and Career Opportunities

After you successfully complete courses I and II you may have the opportunity to progress to courses such as:  

  • HNC Childhood Practice Award
  • HNC Additional Support Needs Award

Why Choose This Course

Our course is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of Early Learning and Childcare. You will learn about legislation, national documentation and theories that guide our daily practice.

This course will help you develop valuable qualities and skills including using reflective practice.  Holistic development will be explored in depth along with factors which may influence and impact this. Initiatives such as Bookbug and Peep are introduced during this course. You will discover how to lead and support children’s learning through play experiences.

Places available


Online Course

Start Date

Aug 2024

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