• Early Years

    SFW Early Education and Childcare (National 4)

  • Eligible Schools:

    East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire and North AyrshireSchools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Ayr Campus Monday and Wednesday 2pm-4pm

    Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Kilwinning Campus Tuesday and Thursday 2pm-4pm

    Duration: 1 Year

Who is the Course for

National 4 Skills for Work: Early Education and Childcare is an introductory qualification that will help you to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in the early education 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 National 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 level 4, you work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Units studied:

  • Child Development
  •  Working in Early Education and Childcare
  •  Play in Early Education and Childcare
  •  Care of Children

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 but you need to be able to work at level 4. You will be interviewed and you need to show that you want to learn new skills, have a real interest in the area and that you are committed to consistent and full attendance throughout the 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 NC level programmes in Early Education & 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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