Early Education & Childcare (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

The Early Education and Childcare Courses can help you begin to prepare for working in the early education and childcare sector by giving you basic knowledge about how children develop and by developing your employability skills. You will begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities associated with working in this sector. Visiting speakers from the sector will also add to the students understanding of the workplace.

Entry requirements

Students will undergo an interview to gain entry to the course.

The course contains 4 units at National 4 (SCQF4). You will study the development of children from birth to young adulthood, how play can affect the development of children, and you will gain an insight into the various types of early education and childcare provision available for children. The course is designed as an introduction to early education and childcare and it will help you to begin to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in this sector.

  • Child Development
  • Play in Early Education 
  • Childcare Working in Early Education 
  • Parenting

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Skills for Work

The class is taught face to face and will include group work, research skills and practical skills.

How long will my course last?

160 Hours

The course is delivered over one academic year for a maximum of 160 hours

Where can I study my course?

    • Arran Learning Centre
    • Campbeltown Hazelburn Learning Centre
    • Dunoon Learning Centre
    • Islay Learning Centre
    • Lochgilphead Learning Centre
    • Oban Learning Centre
    • Rothesay Learning Centre
    • Tiree Learning Centre
    • Tobermory Learning Centre

Start date

Please contact your local centre for more details on the course start date.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Early Education and Childcare Course at National 5.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

The course is designed as an introduction to early education and childcare

Apply for Early Education & Childcare (SfW) National 4

To enrol, or for further information on this course, please contact your local Argyll College Centre

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Argyll College UHI. Argyll College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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