This course provides an understanding of the care, learning and development of children aged 0–12 years. This includes the home setting and environments whose practice is guided by legislation, policy and professional ethics as well as investigating the roles and responsibilities of parenthood.

Essential skills include:

  • Negotiation
  • Communication
  • Practical caring skills
  • Time management
  • Organisation 
  • Problem solving skills

Detailed understanding of the values of the early education and childcare sector

  • Schools College Partnership 

This course consists of four Units which make up the Group Award for National 5 Early Learning and Childcare

  • Development and well being of children 
  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Care of Children


The aims of this course are to:

  • Introduce the principles of child development from 0–12 years; learning what is meant by sequences and patterns in child development and the link between all areas of that development
  • Introduce the necessity of viewing all aspects of early education and childcare as a whole
  • Increase awareness of the factors that impact on the lives of children, their parents and carers
  • Provide an insight into working in early education and childcare
  • Investigate the specific care needs of a baby and the continuing needs of the child and how these contribute to the whole development of the child
  • Good attendance
  • A general desire to work with children.
  • Learners should also be working at an appropriate level in other subjects

Selection will take place after an interview with a member of Fife College staff.

  • This course provides an experiential route for those who wish to progress to further study in Early Education and Childcare
  • Fife College will accept achievement of this course, along with four National 5 awards including English at Level A or B, for entry to the NC Certificated Childcare and Education SCQF level 6
  • The Early Education and Childcare sector is a growth industry across Scotland
  • A career working with children and young peoplcan involve working in a play group, out of school care service, nurserycrèche setting oa residential child care service
  • Attend an interview and undertake a written exercise
  • Provide a personal statement submitted along with application form that details interest in working in childcare sector
  • Reference from Guidance Teacher