NC Early Education and Childcare

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This NC in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 6 has been designed to replace college devised programmes. It belongs to a suite of Early Education and Childcare qualifications, which have been revised in the light of the changing nature of the sector and this NC reflects the importance of relating theory to practice.

The wide range of options, including external assessment Units, Core Skills and general and specific Early Education and Childcare Units will allow centres to tailor the NC to meet the needs of local employers.

The NC will prepare candidates for entry to further qualifications such as the HNC in Early Education and Childcare or for employment within the sector.

National Certificates (NCs) are designed for full-time delivery over one year (or part-time over two years) and are available through schools, colleges and training providers.

Why study this qualification

This qualification suits a wide range of candidates.

It is ideally suited for:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners
  • those in employment in the Early Education and Childcare sector as a basis for building on good practice, continuing professional development
  • those who wish to progress to further study.

Candidates will be given a work placement in the early education and childcare sector gives the skills required by the sector.

Achievement is nationally recognised and certificated.

Successful completion will allow the candidate to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level.

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. However, it is recommended that candidates have four Standard Grades at Credit level or equivalent and skills in oral and written communication. Consideration should also be given to candidates with relevant experience.
 

Employment and progression

Candidates could progress to the HNC in Early Education and Childcare. In determining the structure of the Group Award, careful consideration has been given to candidate progression, either into employment or further study, and it is likely that centres will consider the content of the HNC and local employment requirements when considering the choice of optional Units.

The completion of this NC will allow candidates to register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level.

As part of the regulatory requirements, support workers will be required to undergo continuous professional development and the component Units from this NC are suitable for this purpose.

Qualification structure

Group Award Code: G8K1 46 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 6

NC Early Education and Childcare at SCQF Level 6

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary - NC Early Education and Childcare (747 KB)

Seven mandatory Units (54 SCQF credit points)

Mandatory Units 9 credits:

 

Code

Title

Credit value

SQA

SCQF

J205 76

Child Development

1

6

J206 76

Child Development: Theory

1

6

J207 76

Services for Children and Young People

1

6

DM41 12

Play in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

DM5L 12

Developing an Understanding of Working with Children

1

6

DM42 12

Play in Practice

2

12

DM5M 12

Developing an Understanding of Working with Children: Workplace Experience

2

12

Optional Units — 3 credits from:

Code

Title

Credit value

SQA

SCQF

DM5J 12

Supporting Children’s Rights and Entitlements

1

6

DM5K 12

Supporting Children’s Behaviour

1

6

DM5N 12

Experiential Approaches to Early Education and Childcare

2

12

DM5P 11

Prevention of Infection

1

6

HX1W 75

or

F19M 12

Introduction to First Aid

 

First Aid

1

 

1

6

 

6

DM5T 12

HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Infections

1

6

DM5V 11

Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Children

1

6

DM5W 11

Partnerships in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

F19L 11

Child Development and Health

1

6

DM5Y 11

Creative and Aesthetic Experiences for Children

1

6

*HX1J 75

Care and Feeding of Children and Young People

1

6

DM61 12

Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies

1

6

DM62 12

Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies: Workplace Experience

1

6

DM63 12

Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM64 12

Supporting ICT in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM65 11

Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

1

6

DM66 12

Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM67 12

Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare Setting: Workplace Experience

1

6

DM68 12

Supporting Playwork Practice

1

6

DM69 12

Supporting Playwork Practice: Workplace Experience

1

6

External assessment credits

 

*X714 76

 

Childcare and Development

1

6

X06L 12

Play in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

 

Core Skills Credits
X06L 12 Communication (Core Skill) 1 6
F3GF 11 Numeracy 1 6
F3GC 11 Information and Communication Technology 1 6

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Qualification structure

Group Award Code: G8K1 46 (72 SCQF credit points)
SCQF level: 6

NC Early Education and Childcare at SCQF Level 6

Course Overview and Skills Development Summary - NC Early Education and Childcare (747 KB)

Seven mandatory Units (54 SCQF credit points)

Mandatory Units 9 credits:

 

Code

Title

Credit value

SQA

SCQF

J205 76

Child Development

1

6

J206 76

Child Development: Theory

1

6

J207 76

Services for Children and Young People

1

6

DM41 12

Play in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

DM5L 12

Developing an Understanding of Working with Children

1

6

DM42 12

Play in Practice

2

12

DM5M 12

Developing an Understanding of Working with Children: Workplace Experience

2

12

Optional Units — 3 credits from:

Code

Title

Credit value

SQA

SCQF

DM5J 12

Supporting Children’s Rights and Entitlements

1

6

DM5K 12

Supporting Children’s Behaviour

1

6

DM5N 12

Experiential Approaches to Early Education and Childcare

2

12

DM5P 11

Prevention of Infection

1

6

HX1W 75

or

F19M 12

Introduction to First Aid

 

First Aid

1

 

1

6

 

6

DM5T 12

HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C Infections

1

6

DM5V 11

Maintenance of a Safe Environment for Children

1

6

DM5W 11

Partnerships in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

F19L 11

Child Development and Health

1

6

DM5Y 11

Creative and Aesthetic Experiences for Children

1

6

*HX1J 75

Care and Feeding of Children and Young People

1

6

DM61 12

Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies

1

6

DM62 12

Supporting the Care and Feeding of Babies: Workplace Experience

1

6

DM63 12

Supporting Language, Literacy and Numeracy in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM64 12

Supporting ICT in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM65 11

Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs

1

6

DM66 12

Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare Setting

1

6

DM67 12

Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare Setting: Workplace Experience

1

6

DM68 12

Supporting Playwork Practice

1

6

DM69 12

Supporting Playwork Practice: Workplace Experience

1

6

External assessment credits

 

*X714 76

 

Childcare and Development

1

6

X06L 12

Play in Early Education and Childcare

1

6

 

Core Skills Credits
X06L 12 Communication (Core Skill) 1 6
F3GF 11 Numeracy 1 6
F3GC 11 Information and Communication Technology 1 6

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How to assess

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the evidence requirements and approaches to assessment. There is no external assessment for the NC but externally assessed courses are available as options within the framework.

Funding

The NC in Early Education and Childcare may attract Local Authority funding for the candidate (bursary).

Any other information

Support materials are available from Scotland’s Colleges’ website for the following mandatory and optional Units.

  • Children’s Development: Birth to 12 Years
  • Development Theory in Early Education and Childcare
  • Holistic Approaches to Child Health
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Supporting Children’s Rights and Entitlements
  • Supporting Children’s Behaviour
  • Developing an Understanding of Working with Children

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