EEChildcare - Level 4

Programme Title:  Early Education and Childcare

SCQF Level:  4

Qualification Description:  Skills for Work

Start Date: June 2014                                End Date: May 2015

Day/Time: on both Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 4pm

Course Outline/Description: 

Candidates will study the development of children from birth to young adulthood and study a range of factors affecting this development. The candidates will gain an insight into the importance of play in children’s learning and development, and how to support play.  They will study how to meet the care needs of children and will also gain an understanding of the range of childcare provision and the job opportunities for childcare workers.

Semester 1 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • Child Development
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare


Semester 2 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • Care of Children
  • Working in Early Education and Childcare


Assessment Method for each of the Listed Units for this programme:

A range of assessment methods are used including: group work tasks, research, portfolio development, presentations, reflective tasks, written assessments.

Describe how the pupils will be encouraged to develop Skills for Learning, Skills for Life and Skills for Work:

Students are fully involved in planning their own learning, taking responsibility for their part of group work tasks, evaluating their participation in group activities and reflecting on their learning.  As part of the college community they are responsible for themselves within an adult learning environment. 

Core Skills are developed through the learning activities –

  • written and oral communication through portfolio work and presentations.
  • IT skills through research, presentation of work and preparing presentations using Powerpoint
  • Problem solving and working with others through group work and research activities
  • Numeracy through developing an understanding of how children develop an awareness of numbers

Employability skills are developed throughout the course, in particular within the unit Working in Early Education and Childcare where students explore the different career paths for childcare workers, job descriptions and person specifications for specific posts.

Health and Wellbeing are encouraged by the College  eg encouraging drinking water in classrooms, showing respect for others and support offered to students who require additional support.  Liaison with schools through the school and community staff ensures that any concerns are quickly reported back to school Guidance staff.

If there are opportunities within this programme to progress, please describe them below:

This Course or its Units may provide candidates with opportunities to progress to:

Learners can progress to Int. 2 (National 5) or if leaving school may be able to apply for Care courses at Int 1 (National 4) or Int 2 (National 5) level or other courses throughout the college.  Tutors are willing to advise students on progression routes.