SCQF Level 4
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

Childhood Practice and Wellbeing Level 4 is a fun and interactive course that prepares you for a rewarding career in childcare.

A career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of opportunities for progression each day can be different, full of variety and full of adventures. Take your first step towards changing your life and the lives of children.

During this course you will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and have individual support from Edinburgh College allowing you to progress professionally and academically. 

This course allows progression to further study to become a childhood practitioner or support worker. 

For further information, please contact Duncan Munro at

What You Will Learn

Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the following SQA Group Awards at SCQF Level 4:

  • Early Learning and Childcare
  • Steps to Work
  • Wellbeing

Units include:

  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare 
  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Children 
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare 
  • Care of Children 
  • Child Development 
  • Contemporary Families 
  • Enterprise Activity 
  • Communication 
  • Exploring & Improving Wellbeing 
  • Core Skills
Placement Information
  • There is no placement requirement on this course.
Entry Requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements but you must demonstrate a passion and enthusiasm to work in Childhood Practice and have a good standard of both written and spoken English. 
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed throughout the course using a variety of methods including written assignments and presentations. 
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Childhood Practice Level 5 at Edinburgh College 
  • NC in Early Education and Childcare course Level 6 at Edinburgh College  
Career Opportunities
  • This course is an introduction to working with children and designed to support progression on to further study.
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 16 hours of class contact per week.
  • This is normally delivered over 3 or 4 days per week.
  • Days and hours to be confirmed.
  • We recommend an additional 3 hours per week of self-study.
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey: 


“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends. 


A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came. 


My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children. 


I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.” 

Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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