Introduction to Early Education and Childcare incorporates the SQA National Progression Award (NPA), which is an ideal first qualification for anyone who is interested in working with children in a variety of childcare environments.
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. Also incorporated into your studies is the Youth Achievement Scotland Award which supports students to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors in their communities.
We promote active learning and you can expect to be taking part in activities both in and out of the classroom. 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. Patterns of placement may vary between campuses.
What You Study
- Working with children and young people
- Children and young people: rights and protection
- Children and young people: the process of play
- Development and wellbeing of children and young people
- Supporting children with additional support needs (ASN)
- First Aid
The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course.
Duration and Attendance
You must be 16 years of age at the start of the course and possess one of the following:
- Four National 4s including English
- Four Standard Grades at Level 3 or above including English
- First Steps to a Career in Childcare
- Introduction to Practical Care Skills
You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course (visit disclosurescotland.co.uk for more information). If you are concerned about any information that may affect your PVG, you can contact our Guidance team to discuss this before submitting your application.
- NC Early Education and Childcare
- SVQ Level 2 Social Services (Children and Young People)
This is an ideal first qualification for anyone who is interested in working towards a role as a playworker, nanny or childcare assistant.
As well as having appropriate entry qualifications, selection on to this course will be based on criteria outlined in Fife College’s admissions procedure, which will include a personal statement, an interview and a satisfactory reference or Transition Form.
For information on how to apply for funding for your course fees to be paid, funding options and other financial support available, please visit our Financing Your Studies page in our Student Information section.
While we make every attempt to ensure the accuracy of course information, this is
subject to change, as part of our continuous improvement process.
*Start and End dates refer to the week commencing date and the actual date could be any date within that week.