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

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.

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.

To help meet the demands for new childcare professionals, Fife College has extra places available on our popular HNC Childhood Practice course and on our brand new part-time HNC.

If you are interested in learning more about a career in childcare and HNC Childhood Practice, come along to our Childcare Open Evening at St Brycedale Campus, Kirkcaldy, from 4-7pm on Monday, 12 June.

The Open Evening presents a unique opportunity for you to apply for HNC Childhood Practice, and have your interview and entry task all on the night. It’s a one-stop shop to get everything ready to start your studies in August

You’ll also have the chance to speak to Fife Council Early Years team on the night.

HNC Childhood Practice

Our extremely popular 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 and apply.

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