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Early Education and Childcare (SCQF Level 4)

Skills for Work
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Local Authority
Glasgow, East Renfrewshire
SCQF Credit Points

The Skills for Work (SfW) in Early Education and Childcare course will provide you with a basic insight into working in early learning and childcare.  It will introduce you to the factors which impact the lives of children and their families, and give you an understanding of the rights of all children (United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child). 

This course also offers you an introduction to the basic knowledge and skills required to prepare you for further study,  leading to potential employment in the early education and childcare sector.

Please note that there is no placement attached to this course.

Qualification Breakdown

On successful completion of all units you will achieve a Skills for Work group award in Early Education and Childcare.

Mandatory Units:

  • Child development
  • Play in early learning and childcare
  • Working in early learning and childcare

You will also study one optional Unit (chosen by the college):

  • Care of children
  • Maintenance of a safe environment
  • Contemporary families

What are some of the skills I will develop?

  • Demonstrating a responsible attitude in all aspects of working with children
  • Maintaining an organised and safe environment
  • Health, safety and security awareness
  • Communication skills
  • Work effectively with others
  • Problem solving

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • National 4 English

Target Year Group S5 and S6

Attendance Pattern

You will attend college on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 13:30 – 16:00

Progression Pathways

After successful completion of this course, you will be offered the opportunity of internal progression within Glasgow Clyde College.  This will also depend on your attendance and commitment.  You would potentially gain a place on:

  • A one-year full time National Certificate (NC) or
  • National Qualification (NQ) in Early Education and Childcare
  • NQ Playwork and Childcare.

You might also go on to do:

  • A one-year full time higher education course, such as a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Early Education and Childcare. 

The entry point (level you would study) would be dependent on the level and relevance of your other qualifications.

How to Apply

When you click on the Apply button you will be redirected to create an application account for your chosen Senior Phase course. 

  • Use a personal email address and ensure your password is something that you will remember. 
  • You will receive an email asking you to confirm your account.  This will  take you to the application form.   
  • you will receive a link to the application portal within each email you receive - please use this link to track your application