Working with young children and helping them learn essential skills for life is an incredibly rewarding and worthwhile career to get into. A career in Early Learning and Childcare is both varied and creative – and you won’t be sitting behind a desk all day.
This course is specifically designed for anyone living or working in the East Lothian Council area
- if you do not meet these criteria go to our HNC Childhood Practice (Practitioner Development) course which is open to external applications.
The part-time HNC Childhood Practice course is perfect for young people, adults who are looking to get back into education or those who are progressing on from our NC Early Education and Childcare course. This course is also ideal for staff already employed in the early learning and childcare sector who are looking for a qualification that will enable them to develop their work practice and register with the SSSC. The course will teach leadership skills child development health and safety and care in contemporary society.
From this course, students can apply for registration as an SSSC practitioner and go into employment within nurseries playgroups after schools clubs and other play schemes. It is preferable but not essential that applicants have some experience of working in early learning or childcare settings. Students who are working in a different sector will still need to meet the 60 days placement requirement.
This is an advanced SCQF Level 7 course and will require applicants to demonstrate a good self-study discipline.
IMPORTANT - As a future childcare practitioner or an employee in a childcare setting you are required to meet the professional standards governed by The Scottish Social Services Council (The SSSc). This HNC course is a registerable qualification where you will be required when completed to register with the SSSc in order to be employed in childcare. 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
- How to observe and assess children’s learning and development and apply theoretical knowledge to your practice.
- How to promote health and well-being with children and gain a good understanding of children’s rights and participation.
- How to support children and their families.
- Contemporary theories of leadership and teamwork and how to apply these in practice.
- We promote active learning and you can expect to be taking part in activities in and out of the classroom.
- This course has mandatory workplace requirements. (For currently employed applicants who are employed in a childcare setting this placement requirement can be in your usual workplace).
- There are specific units of study in this course which must be achieved in the workplace. Candidates (non-employed) on this part-time HNC course will require to be in a childcare workplace setting for 60 days throughout their course.
How Course Is Assessed:
- The course is assessed by a combination of project work essays closed book assessments and presentations.
Number of Days per week:
- College input is planned for one twilight session (4:30 – 9) per week over 18 months. There will be substantial workplace activities and tasks in addition to this college commitment.
- We recommend you will require about 4-6 hours per week study time (on average) in order to cover the work required.
- Remember this is an advanced SCQF level 7 qualification and will require applicants to demonstrate a good self-study discipline.
To be considered for this course you are required to meet one of these criteria
- Already employed in a childcare setting/registration with the SSSc. This course is ideal for CPD and increasing your qualification level.
- For non-employed applicants - a minimum of two Highers one of which should be English or pass a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People.
- For non-employed applicants who may not have formal academic qualifications you may still be considered if you can demonstrate significant experience of working with children. Please detail this experience in your personal statement.
- 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
- 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
- Non employed applicants, In addition, a PVG will be required for external non-employed applicants. All staff who work in a childcare setting are required to register with the SSSc – The Scottish Social Service Council. “The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers is a list of statements that describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social service workers as they go about their daily work”. The SSSc code of conduct can be found here:- http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/37-about-the-sssc/information-material/61-codes-of-practice/1020-sssc-codes-of-practice-for-social-service-workers-and-employers
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
Successful completion of this course will enable you to register with the SSSC as a practitioner in a day care service for children and young people. This includes working in a nursery out of school club playschemes and playgroups.
- This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner.
- Further study options could include degree-level courses such as BA Childhood Practice PDA Childhood Practice @ Level 9 or the Childhood Practice at SCFQ 8 course.
- To progress to higher qualifications experience of working in a childcare setting is essential and there may also be a requirement to be working in a supervisory role.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £725 Outreach part-time (year 1)
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