EEChildcare - Level 5

Programme Title:  Early Education and Childcare

SCQF Level:  5

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:

The course covers the principles of child development from 0 – 16 years.  Candidates will also learn about the health needs of children and how health factors may affect the development of children.  The benefits of the variety of types of play will also be studied and candidates will participate in planning, setting up and reviewing play experiences.

Candidates will develop an understanding of the role of the parent, influences on parenting of children and investigate support available to parents.  Candidates will consider career options within the childcare sector and the skills, qualities, attitudes and qualifications required to fulfil these roles.

Semester 1 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • F19L 11 Child Development and Health              
  • DM41 11 Play in Early Education and Childcare        


Semester 2 - Unit/s to be completed:

  • DM86 11Parenting
  • DM84 11 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, lecturer observations of practical skills, reflective tasks and 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 is 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 Higher (National 6) or if leaving school may be able to apply for Care courses at Intermediate 2 (National 5) or Higher (National 6) level or other courses throughout the college.  Tutors are willing to advise students on progression routes.