Early Education & Childcare (SfW) National 4

What is special about this course?

Do you like spending time with children? Would you like to learn more about the development of children and the importance of play and care in their everyday lives? This course builds on the knowledge and skills needed to work with children and young people aged 0-16 years. You will gain a basic understanding of the key milestones in children’s development and learning. With guidance from your lecturer, you will learn to develop relevant skills such as team working and helping to plan play experiences while learning about the care and development of children.

Entry requirements

Passes in specific subjects are not required to join this course, but you need a positive attitude and you should be willing to learn new skills, and undertake a successful interview.

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.

  • Play in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Working in Early Learning and Childcare
  • Child Development
  • Contemporary Families

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?

1 Academic year

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
    • Tobermory Learning Centre

Start date

In most schools this course will begin in June.


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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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll 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.