The Early Education and Childcare course is for those who already have certificated academic qualifications at SCQF level 5 and/or for those progressing on from our Childhood Practice: Level 5 course. With the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare services across Scotland, there are lots of jobs available. A career in Early Learning and Childcare offers progression and growth opportunities, where you can help young children learn essential skills for life, making it very rewarding and worthwhile.
This is a Full-time course and runs for 36 weeks (with about 14 hours per week in college plus a 3 hour per week self-study allocation).
- Play in Early Education and Childcare
- Developing and Understanding of Working with Children
- Childhood Development Theory, Practical and In Practice
- Supporting Children and Young People
- Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies
- Health and Wellbeing of Children in a Practical Setting
- Preparation for Placement. Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA NC Certificate in “Early Education and Childcare” at SCQF 6
- This course has mandatory workplace requirements
- Element of units of study in this course must be achieved in the workplace. Candidates on this NC Course course will be in a Childcare workplace setting for 40 days throughout their course. This is planned to be 2 days per week in addition to your college timetable and will start at around week 12* of the programme
- There may be opportunities to extend this placement time depending on your progress and development
*Subject to change depending on operational requirements.
How Course Is Assessed:
- Continual assessment in college and elements of units to be achieved ‘in the workplace’
Number of Days per week:
- 3 days per week - around 14 hours per week in college with a 3 hour per week self-study expectation with 40 days’ mandatory work placement requirement.
- For this level, of course, you are required to hold certification at SCQF level 5 or above (or equivalent) including English or Communication. Applicants should hold qualifications or have experience that demonstrates their ability in basic research, basic report writing and writing basic compositions. All applicants should have some experience of working with children – please detail this experience in your personal statement. For mature applicants, relevant work experience in a Childcare setting could demonstrate ability rather than qualifications.
- Staff who work in nurseries, after school clubs and childcare provision are required to register with the SSSc – The Scottish Social Services Council. Details of registration requirements can be found at http://www.sssc.uk.com/registration Applicants for this level, of course, will be required to apply for a PVG. PVG = Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This PVG Scheme is for all those who work - whether paid or unpaid - with children and protected adults in the UK that would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these groups. Detail of the PVG Scheme can be found http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/08/04111811/1
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
All successful applicants will be invited to their campus of choice for a welcome event. The purpose of this welcome event is to:
- To meet with the team and tour our facilities
- Further discussion on the PVG scheme and what it involves
- Overview of your chose course and its content
- Workwear sizing and order*
- Next Steps – timetable, our expectations and your expectations
- Your future – further study employment and career opportunities
- Your chance to ask us questions. This welcome event is a compulsory requirement to secure and confirm your place on the course
*For this level of course your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). Workwear is required to be worn when in placement. All Childcare workwear is specifically designed for us and will have the Edinburgh College and Childcare logo embroidered on each item. The kit includes Polo Shirts (x3), Hoodie and weather proof Jacket for outdoor activities.
- HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 7) Suitability for progression will be determined by achievement including the workplace element, attendance record, conduct and a successful progression discussion.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
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