• Early Years

    Skills For Work - Early Education and Childcare (Level 4)

  • Eligible schools

    All schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock Campus

    Tuesday and Thursday

    2:00 - 4:00

  • Start Date

    Aug 2023

Who is the Course for

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 jobseekers 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.

What should I expect

You should expect to take part in a range of individual and group activities whilst learning about Early Learning and Childcare. You will learn about some of the skills and knowledge needed to support young children’s development and their learning. You will carry out written tasks in booklets as well as demonstrating the practical skills needed in the education and care of you children.

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.’

Places available



Start Date

Aug 2023

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