• Early Years

    SFW Early Education and Childcare (Level 4)

  • Local Authority

    East Ayrshire and South Ayrshire

    This course is for school pupils only

    Applications for this course should be made through your guidance teacher at school.

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr campus – Monday and Wednesday 2:00pm-4:00pm

    Kilmarnock Campus - Tuesday and Thursday 2:00pm-4:00pm

Who is the Course for

Applications for this course should be made through your guidance teacher at school.

SCQF level 4 Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare is an introductory qualification that will help you to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in the early learning and childcare sector. This is a great course if you enjoy the practical skills required to understand and care for young children, but there is an element of theory based learning too.

What is the Course About

At SCQF level 4, you will cover basic issues in each area and begin to develop relevant skills such as team working skills, helping to plan play experiences and develop transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities (e.g. time-keeping, appearance)
  • self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

At SCQF level 4, you work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Units studied:

  • Child Development
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Maintenance of a safe environment

To achieve the Course award you must successfully achieve all the Units which make up the Course.

What do I Need

There are no formal entrance requirements, you need to be able to work at SCQF Level 4 and have a real interest in Early Learning and Childcare and in learning new skills, you should also be committed to consistent and full attendance throughout the course.

Selection for a place on this course is based on pupils meeting the above requirements and completing a Microsoft Forms task which will be emailed to you; your personal statement and task content will be used to assess your suitability for this course.

How will I be Assessed

The assessments used in this Course will allow you to show that you understand the ideas and theories and practical skills that you need to go further in the early education and childcare sector.

Assessment approaches will include closed book tests and project based activities.

Next Steps

Successful completion of this course will provide a good foundation for progression into SCQF level 5 programmes in Early Learning & Childcare, Health Care and Social Care.

What do current students say

I’ve wanted to work in a nursery from a young age. This course has let me understand what skills and qualifications I’ll need to make that happen.’

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