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Working with children is one of the most rewarding things you can do - and it can also be a lot of fun!

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Children are naturally curious and enthusiastic for learning and play and this very often rubs off on those working with them. In the same way, the people who work with children are able to encourage and support them to explore and develop an understanding of the world around them.

There’s more to childcare than just building sandcastles, making dens, or doing some glitter painting. Early Learning professionals are responsible for giving children the best start in life using ideas and activities that help their little personalities grow.

Recent government initiatives have led to a huge increase in the provision of childcare for children and young people. This is turn means that there are greatly increased opportunities to work with children and young people in Fife and across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Find out more about Early Learning and Childcare careers in Scotland.

Childcare courses starting in January 2018

NQ in Skills for Childcare SCQF Level 4

This entry level course is intended for those interested in pursuing a career in Childcare and who have few or no formal qualifications. The course comprises a range of SQA accredited units at SCQF Level 4, which will provide an introduction to the skills and knowledge required to work in the Childcare sector.

NQ in Early Education & Childcare ​SCQF Level 5

This course provides an introduction to working with children and develops the skills, values and attributes required to study within the field of childcare. You will learn about the importance of play, child development, children’s rights and protection and how to support children with additional support needs.

HNC: Childhood Practice

To help meet the demands for new childcare professionals, Fife College will have extra places available on our extremely popular HNC: Childhood Practice course starting in August 2018, as well as on our brand new part-time HNC.

Our SCQF Level 7 HNC is the ideal practitioner level qualification in childcare and early education.

You’ll study a variety of units, including:

  • Leadership starts with me

  • Care in contemporary society

  • Health, wellbeing and safeguarding

  • Lifespan development theoretical approaches

  • Support for play learning and development

  • Promote effective communication

  • Promote health, safety and security in the work setting

  • Develop your practice through reflection and learning

A huge benefit of the course is the opportunity for practical, real-life work experience. You will undertake a two day work placement within a childcare setting, providing you with valuable experience of working with children whilst linking theory to practice.

Find out more about HNC Childhood Practice ahead of applications for August 2018 opening​ in January.

Who should apply?

You should apply for HNC Childhood Practice if you:

  • Have an existing NC or other older qualification in childcare and would like to return to college to progress to HNC

  • Are currently working in a childcare or early years setting and would like to formalise your qualifications

  • Have a keen interest in working with children and young people

What are our students saying?

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"I'd definitely love to work in a nursery. I just love all of the excitement of working with and being around children."
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"My favourite part of the course was the workplace experience in an early education and childcare setting."
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"It’s great that two days a week on the course are spent on placement. It's a fantastic balance between theory and practice."
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Leanne Barlow.jpg"Without the placements we've done this year there's no way I'd have the level of practical experience that I do."
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