Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare National 4 (SCQF level 4)

Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare National 4 (SCQF level 4)

National 4 Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare (previously Early Education and Childcare)  is an introductory qualification that will help learners to understand some of the demands and responsibilities of working in the early learning and childcare sector.

At National 4, learners cover basic issues in each area and begin to develop relevant skills such as team working skills and helping to plan play experiences.

They also develop transferable employability skills, including:

  • an understanding of the workplace and the employee’s responsibilities (eg time-keeping, appearance, customer care)
  •  self-evaluation skills
  • positive attitude to learning
  • flexible approaches to solving problems
  • adaptability and positive attitude to change
  • confidence to set goals, reflect and learn from experience
  • skills to become effective job-seekers and employees

At SCQF level 4, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

This qualification covers areas such as Child Development, Play in Early Learning and Childcare, and Working in Early Learning and Childcare.

This qualification is available through schools and colleges.

Why study this qualification

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to early learning and chilcare
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities

Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre.

Employment and progression

Successful learners may progress to:

  • Early Learning and Childcare Course at National 5
  • Care Course at National 5
  • further education
  • vocational training
  • employment

Qualification structure

Group Award code: C782 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 4

The Skills for Work Course in Early Learning and Childcare consists of 3 mandatory Units and 3 optional Units

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

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Group Award code C221 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 4 consists of three mandatory Units and three optional Units.

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

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Qualification structure

Group Award code: C782 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 4

The Skills for Work Course in Early Learning and Childcare consists of 3 mandatory Units and 3 optional Units

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Unit search

Group Award code C221 74 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 4 consists of three mandatory Units and three optional Units.

For further information on the structure and Units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

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How to assess

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification Verification Summary Report

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