• Full-Time
  • 12 weeks or more
  • Early Education and Childcare
  • SCQF Level 6


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Intro to the course:

Introduction to Early Learning and Childcare

This course will provide the learner with the underpinning knowledge to support further studies in the area of early learning and childcare. The course will explore topics such as how children develop and learn, the benefits of play for children and how to support the safety, health and wellbeing of children. It is widely understood that in order to effectively support children's learning and development, adults have to take care of their own mental health and wellbeing. For this reason, this course will consider the mental health and wellbeing of learners as well as the children they work with, providing the opportunity to develop positive health, wellbeing and coping strategies. After completion of this course, learners could progress to HNC Childhood Practice in August 2023.

SCQF Level 6

Study mode

Start date

Who is the course for?

Anyone with;

  • a mature attitude and a willingness to learn
  • the ability to work with others as part of a team 
  • an interest in working with children and young people 

What will I study?

You will study a range of topics including;

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • play
  • child Development 
  • safeguarding

Next step course options

HNC Early Education and Childcare 

How will I be assessed?

Open and closed book assessments and practical tasks.

Why should I choose this course?

Job opportunities are flexible and varied. Course gives underpinning knowledge required as entry to HNC Childhood Practice.

Where can this course lead?

After progression and completion of the HNC Childhood Practice, job options could include roles in schools, nurseries or family support. Many of our students progress to university to undertake degree programmes in childhood practice, nursing, primary teaching, social work and psychology. 

What are the entry requirements?

Applications are welcome from those without formal qualifications but who have relevant life or work experience.

What are the interview arrangements?

Applicants who meet the course criteria will be invited to attend an informal interview at South Lanarkshire College. 

Fees, finance and funding:

This course costs £0.

Find out more about Individual Training Accounts (ITA): https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-training-accounts-ita

Find out more about Part-Time Fee Grants (PFGs): https://www.saas.gov.uk/part-time

Other information:

For more information on this course and to speak to a member of our team email admissions@slc.ac.uk

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