Early Education and Childcare NC

What is special about this course?

The National Certificate in Early Education and Childcare is aimed at school leavers, adult returners or those in employment in the Early Education and Childcare sector as a basis for building on good practice, continuing professional development or for those who wish to progress to further study in Early Education and Childcare. This Award also provides a theoretical background to those students who may wish to progress onto other Higher Education Courses which are related to the care, learning and development of children, for example teacher training.

The course aims to -

  • Provide an insight into the wide range of factors which might impact upon a child's health and development.

Increase your awareness of -

  • The need to view health and development holistically
  • The cultural diversity in our society and its impact on the health and development needs of children
  • What can be considered as effective early education and childcare provision
  • The role and range of professionals and agencies contributing to the development and health of children aged 0 to 12 years.

Entry requirements

Applicants should have 4 standard grades at 3 or above one of which should be English. Mature students may obtain entry by interview and/or previous experience.

If you don't meet our entry requirments your previous experience and credentials may still qualify you for this course. Please arrange an appointment with a member of college staff to discuss your eligibility.

Students will be expected to undergo a 'Protecting Vulnerable Groups' check (PVG) to enable participation in practice placement.

Students will study 12 national qualification units including the following:

  • Child Development: Birth to Twelve Years
  • Developmental Theory in Early Education and Childcare
  • Holistic Approaches to Child Health Early Education and Childcare
  • Supporting Children's Rights and Entitlements

along with Core Skills of Communication, Numeracy and IT units.

Students will also have the opportunity to complete the Higher Early Education and Childcare.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Learning and teaching will include face to face lectures*, individual and group work reinforced by handouts and worksheets.

Your class may be supported by video conference teaching.

Practical work is essential and should underpin theoretical work in addition to developing practical skills related to the work of an early education and childcare professional.

*Due to small class sizes some classes may be delivered by video conferencing.


How long will my course last?


1 Academic Years

This course will be studied over the full academic year of 34 weeks. You will attend two work experience placements for a minimum of 60 days in total.

 


Where can I study my course?

Start date

The course starts in September. For exact dates please contact your local centre.

Fees

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

Funding

What can I do on completion of my course?

This qualification allows you to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) as a support worker and work as a support worker in a variety of early education and childcare settings. You may progress to  HNC Early Education and Childcare or SVQ Level 3 Social Services (Children and Young People).

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