A career in early education and childcare 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 next step towards changing your life and the lives of children. 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. You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced lecturers and have individual support from Edinburgh College allowing you to progress professionally and academically.
The NC Early Education and Childcare course is for applicants who already have some experience of working with children and certificated academic qualifications at SCQF Level 5 or above and/or for those progressing on from our Childhood Practice Level 5 course. This is a full-time course and runs for 36 weeks.
Students studying childcare courses may be required to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and to apply for a PVG. Read about these here and find out what you need to do.
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Candidates who successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA NC Certificate in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF Level 6
- Play in Early Education and Childcare
- Developing an Understanding of Working with Children
- Childhood Development and Developmental Theory
- Supporting Children’s Rights and Entitlements
- Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies
- Supporting Children’s Behaviour
- Services for Children and Young People
- Workplace units
- This course has a mandatory workplace that must be achieved in a childcare setting. Placement will be for approximately 40 days throughout the course.
- Placement dates and format to be confirmed
- A minimum of three units of 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
- If you do not have the formal entry requirements but you are a mature applicant with significant experience of working with children you are welcome to apply. Please detail this experience in your personal statement
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- You will be continually assessed through a range of assessments in College and also units to be achieved in the workplace through the completion of placement activities and tasks.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
- Your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). Workwear is required to be worn when in placement.
Progression And Articulation Routes
- HNC Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7
- Suitability for progression onto further study will be determined by achievement, a good attendance record, good conduct and you will require a successful progression discussion with your Study Coach
- This qualification allows you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a Support worker.
- This will enable you to work in a variety of settings including a private nursery, playgroup, crèche and school.
- 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 at least an additional 6 hours per week of self-study
Course Cost And Funding Options
NC Early Childcare Education 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.”
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