Have you thought about a career in Early Learning and
Childcare? Build sandcastles while building futures. It’s your chance to shape
young children’s worlds and shape your career. A career in Early Learning and
Childcare is both varied and creative – and you won’t be sitting behind a desk
This Childcare: First Steps course is designed for school leavers and young
people. This is a starter level course and covers skills and knowledge related
to working in a range of childcare professions. This is a short full-time
course which runs for 18 weeks.
All successful applicants will be invited along to a
mandatory applicant day. Find
out more about the events.
Students studying childcare courses may be required to register with
the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and to apply for a
PVG. Read about these here and find out what you need to do. For further information please contact Duncan Munro
We ask that you carefully consider your application in terms of these SSSc
standards: - “The SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and
Employers sets out the standards social workers, social care, early years and
young people’s workers and their employers should meet. We developed them in
partnership with our relevant partners in England, Wales and Northern Ireland
and launched them on 23 September 2003”.
- Childhood Play and the World of Outdoor Play
- Maintaining Safe Environments for Children
- First Aid for Children
- Working with Others and Personal Development involving
teamwork and a community based practical project
- Enterprise and Employability skills. Candidates who
successfully achieve this course will be awarded the SQA certificate in
“Enterprise and Employability” at SCQF 4
- There is no formal placement requirement for this course, however, there may be work experience opportunities in a childcare setting as available and a practical community-based project where you will be working with other students, staff and members of the public.
How Course Is Assessed:
- Continual Assessment
- Practical assessment
- Role play
Number of Days per week:
- 3 days per week with 3 hours per week of self-study and additional team working and community-based activities as appropriate.
- This course will be delivered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 09:00-16:30 (subject to change).
- We will make every effort to provide your chosen course on your chosen campus.
- There are no formal entry requirements, however, school leaver and young applicants must demonstrate a keen interest in childcare, be well presented and have good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ideally you should have work or voluntary experience with children.
This First Steps course is designed for you to progress onto further study and in itself will not lead to direct employment in a Childcare setting.
English Proficiency Requirements:
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements:
All applicants will be invited along to a information session where you will complete some short tasks (including written and numerical) to help best support you in your studies. Please also bring any certificates of previous study.
For this level, of course, your workwear is funded through your bursary award (no requirement for you to pay). Workwear is required to be worn when in placement.
Download our progression route map here
- Childcare and Play: Second Steps/Childhood Practice: level 5
- Suitability for progression onto further study will be determined by achievement, a good attendance record, good conduct and you will require a successful progression discussion with your Study Coach.
Use our Funding Tool to assist you with financial support
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
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