Childcare

Early Education and Childcare

National 4

The Course

This Course has been designed to provide an experiential route to students who wish to progress to further study in Early Education and Childcare. The student will also be introduced to key knowledge and skills and develop positive attitudes that will allow them to progress onto other care related courses. The course consists of four 40 hour units. Three of the units are mandatory and the remaining unit is chosen from three optional 40 hour units.

Mandatory Units are:

  • Child Development

Candidates will study the development of children from birth to young adulthood and study a range of factors affecting this development.

  • Play in Early Education and Childcare

This Unit will help candidates understand play and what it means for children in its broader sense. Candidates will become aware of the way in which the different types of play can affect the development of children and will experience play in many forms as they role play or take part in simulation exercises.

  • Working in Early Education and Childcare

This Unit will give candidates an insight into the early education and childcare provision available for children and give them an understanding of the requirements placed on the sector from the registration bodies that providers are responsible to. It also gives an introduction to the professional skills of the workplace.

Optional Units are:

  • Parenting

Candidates will learn about the responsibilities involved in becoming parents and the issues at each stage of development of the child e.g. baby, toddler, pre-school, school age and adolescence. They will also learn about sources of support available for parents.

  • Care of Children

This Unit will help the candidate to understand how the needs of children can be met. Candidates will have the opportunity to demonstrate a range of practical skills needed when caring for children, eg preparing food for children, planning bath time and encouraging safe hygienic practices with children.

  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment

Candidates will gain an understanding of the health and safety legislation and the potential risks and hazards relevant to working in an early education and childcare environment.

The development of children is influenced by many factors which are studied across the Units of this course. The units are therefore delivered in an integrated way wherever opportunities arise.

Since the National 4 course is designed with progression to National 5 in mind, the majority of the units have common titles and address similar content areas. At Int 1 level students will cover basic issues in each area and begin to develop relevant skills such as team working skills, helping to plan play experiences and self evaluation skills.

While there is no mandatory work placement in the course, the college and school will ensure that students are as active as possible with visits to a range of suitable organisations such as nurseries and after school clubs. Visiting speakers from the sector will also add to the student’s understanding of the workplace.

Progression –

  • Early Education and Childcare Course at National 5
  • Care Issues for Society Course at National 5
  • Further Education
  • training/employment

Early Education and Childcare

 

National 5

The Course

The emphasis of this Course is to help students prepare for working in the early education and childcare sector and to develop employability skills. They will develop a range of knowledge and skills required in this vocational area. The Course is designed as an introduction to Early Education and Childcare at Intermediate 2 level and gives students an understanding of the demands and responsibilities of working in the sector. It also provides suitable progression for students who have studied the Intermediate 1 Early Education and Childcare Course.

Since this designed with progression from National 4 in mind, the majority of the Units have common titles and address similar content areas. At National 5 students will cover a broader range of issues in each area and study these issues in more depth. They will also develop a wider range of skills including research skills, the ability to evaluate their planning and preparation of play experiences and the ability to set realistic and achievable goals for personal development.

Mandatory Units are:

  • Child Development and Health

Candidates will study issues related to the health and development of children aged 0–12 years. They will discover what is meant by the terms ‘health’ and ‘development’ and the role of the adult supporting them in childcare settings. Candidates will be able to identify the factors that influence the health and development of children and young people.

  • Play in Early Education and Childcare

Candidates will learn how play can benefit the child. They will also learn how to plan, set up and review play experiences either in a real or simulated environment.

  • Working in Early Education and Childcare

This Unit will help candidates learn about working within the early education and childcare sector. Different career options will be considered and candidates will develop some of the skills, qualities and attitudes needed to work with children and young people.

Optional Units are:

  • Parenting

This Unit enables the candidates to develop an understanding of the role of the parent. Working in a group they will investigate the support that is available to parents from the family and community.

  • Care and Feeding of Children

The candidate will learn about the specific needs of the baby and the continuing needs of the child. He or she will also study how meeting these needs contributes to the holistic development of the young person.

  • First Aid

The aim of this Unit is to introduce candidates to the current First Aid procedures

set out in the Health and Safety Executive Guidelines. Candidates will also develop skills in the practical application of these guidelines through simulation exercises.

Progression

  • This Course may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:
  • Scottish Progression Award in Early Education and Childcare (Higher)
  • National Certificate Group Award in Early Education and Childcare (Higher)
  • Further Education
  • training/employment