Working with young children and helping them learn skills essential for life is very rewarding and worthwhile. With the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare services across Scotland, there are lots of jobs available. This is a flexible career, with a variety of different ways to train and study to qualify as an Early Learning professional.
This Childhood Practice: Level 5 course is for those who already have academic qualifications at SCQF level 4 or above and/or for those progressing on from our Childhood Practice: First and Second Steps programmes (or similar) at Edinburgh College. Previous experience will be taken into account and work experience in a Childcare setting is desirable.
Delivery of Childhood Practice: Level 5 is at SCQF level 5/6 and covers skills and knowledge related to working in a childcare setting. This Childhood Practice: Level 5 course is also a progression route onto other more advanced Childcare provision at Edinburgh College.
This is the fast track version of this course. This course runs for 18 weeks (with about 16-18 hours per week in college plus a 3 hour per week self-study allocation).
As a future Childcare Practitioner, Support Worker or an employee in a Childcare Setting you are required to meet the professional standards governed by The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSc) This Childcare: First Steps course can lead on to further study (NC in Early Education and Childcare as an example) after which you will be required to register with the SSSc in order to work in a Childcare setting. All this may be in the future for you and there is much in the way of study and learning still to go through.
We ask that you carefully consider your application in terms of these SSSc standards:- “The SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers sets out the standards social workers, social care, early years and young people’s workers and their employers should meet The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers sets out clear standards of professional conduct and practice that social service workers must meet in their everyday work. Workers are responsible for making sure their practice meets the required standards and that no action or omission on their part harms the wellbeing of people who use services. The Code is part of the wider package of legislation, practice standards and employers’ policies and procedures that social service workers must meet. We expect social service workers to meet the standards in the Code and we may take action if registered workers fail to do so”. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/codes-of-practice/what-are-the-codes-of-practice
- Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People
- Children and Young People: Practice and Process of Play
- Working with Children and Young People
- Preparation for Work placement
- Health and Wellbeing of Children in a Practical Setting
- Communication – Core Skill Certificate at SCQF Level 5
Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA certificate in “Playwork and Childcare” at SCQF 5.
- This course has a workplace requirement. This is to prepare you for a further higher level study where work placement is a mandatory part of the course and certificate. Candidates on this Level 5 course will be in a Childcare workplace setting for approximately 20 days throughout their course. We plan this to be 4 x 5-day block placement spread throughout the course duration.
How Course Is Assessed:
- Continual Assessment plus work placement activities, assessments and tasks
Number of Days per week:
- 3- 4 days per week - around 16-18 hours per week in college with a 3 hour per week self-study expectation and additional team working and community-based activities as appropriate.
- Current timetabling planning indicates that this Second Steps course for January 2018 will be delivered on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays (please expect 3-4 full days – 09:00 – 16:30).
- Important Note on January 2018 courses – Edinburgh College will make every effort to provide your chosen course at your chosen campus. Childcare courses are available at our Granton, Sighthill and Midlothian campuses. Please be mindful that your preferred campus may not be possible due to resources available, numbers of applications and demand for particular courses. We will keep you informed throughout your application process and ask that you approach your application with a degree of flexibility in terms of campus allocation.
- Certification at SCQF level 4 or above (or equivalent).
- Previous experience will be taken into account and work experience in a Childcare setting is desirable – please provide details of any previous experience in a Childcare setting in your personal statement. Delivery of Childhood Practice: Level 5 is at SCQF level 5/6 and covers skills and knowledge related to working in a Childcare Setting.
- Staff who work in nurseries, afterschool 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 who are intending to undertake further study in Childhood Practice (courses that are beyond ‘First Steps and ‘Second Steps’) will be required to apply for a PVG. Our Courses from Childhood Practice: level 5 and any higher level of study require all applicants 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. Dates for the recruitment events are already planned - you need only attend one date – you have 4 dates to choose from*.
- Wednesday 22nd November 2017 14:00 am at the campus you have applied to
- Wednesday 29th November 2017 14:00 am at the campus you have applied to
- Wednesday 13th December 2017 14:00 am at the campus you have applied to
- Wednesday 17th January 2018 14:00 am at the campus you have applied to
*Unless you specify on your application form which date is most suitable for you, you will be allocated the first available date from this list – please indicate your chosen recruitment event date from the above list on your personal statement.
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 weatherproof Jacket for outdoor activities.
This Childhood Practice: Level 5 course is designed for you to progress onto further study and in itself will not lead to direct employment in a Childcare setting. Courses and qualifications that lead onto SSSc registration and employment opportunities at Edinburgh College start at NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF level 6) and HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level7).
- NC Early Education and Childcare (SCQF 6)
- HNC Childhood Practice (SCQF Level 7)
- Suitability for progression onto further study will be determined by achievement including Core Skills, a good attendance record, good conduct and you will require a successful progression discussion with your Study Coach. (Remember the SSSc’s standards). Your work placement activities will also be taken into account.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
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