Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare National 5 (SCQF level 5)

National 5 Skills for Work: Early Learning and Childcare (previously Early Education and Childcare) is an introductory qualification that develops the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for work in the early learning and childcare sector. This Qualification was

At National 5, learners begin to prepare for working in the sector. 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 5, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

This qualification covers areas such as the Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People, Play in Early Learning and Childcare, and Working in Early Learning and Childcare.

This qualification is available through schools and colleges.

Why deliver this qualification

This Course focuses on developing generic employability skills needed for success in the workplace through a variety of practical experiences in the early learning and childcare area.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of appropriate learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

The development of children is influenced by many factors which are studied across the Units of this Course. The Units should therefore be delivered in an integrated way, where possible.

Who does this qualification suit

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.

Progression

Successful learners may progress to:

  • Further education
  • vocational training
  • employment
  • Higher Care
  • Higher Childcare and Development
  • National Certificate in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF level 6

Approval

Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority require to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Systems and Qualification Approval Guide.

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.

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Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code: C783 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

The Skills for Work Course in Early Learning and Childcare consists of 3 mandatory Units and 5 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 content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code:  C783 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

SCQF level: 5

The Skills for Work Course in Early Learning and Childcare consists of 3 mandatory Units and 5 optional Units

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

Course Specification

Internal Assessment Reports