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Early Education and Childcare

This skills for work course is designed as an introduction to the knowledge, skills and demands in early education and childcare. The course helps candidates to understand the demands and responsibilities of working in the childcare sector. The development of children is influenced by many factors, which are studied across the units of the course.

 

National 4 Early Education and Childcare

The course gives pupils an introduction to the knowledge, skills and demands required in the early education and childcare sector. The course consists of 4 units. Three of these units are compulsory and the remaining unit is chosen from the optional units.

The 3 compulsory units studied are:

  • Child Development
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Working in Early Education and Childcare

One of these optional units will also be studied:

  • Parenting
  • Care of Children
  • Maintenance of a Safe Environment

National 4 Courses are made up of Units including an Added Value Unit.

To gain the award for the Course, pupils must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. All Units are internally assessed. They will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within the school.

The Course assessment will consist of a practical activity that will provide the basis for the award.

National 4 qualifications are not graded, but will be assessed as pass or fail.

 

National 5 Early Education and Childcare

The course builds on knowledge and skills from National 4 Early Education and Childcare in enhancing pupil’s knowledge and skills for further study or careers in this sector.

The course consists of 4 units. Three of these units are compulsory and the remaining unit is chosen from the optional units.

The 3 compulsory units studied are:

  • Child Development and Health
  • Play in Early Education and Childcare
  • Working in Early Education and Childcare

One of these optional units will also be studied:

  • Parenting
  • Care of and Feeding of Children
  • First Aid

 National 5 Courses are made up of Units and a Course assessment.

To achieve the qualification, learners need to pass all Units plus the Course assessment. The Course assessment will consist of a question paper (exam) and/or coursework (assignments, portfolios, practical activities etc).

Courses at National 5 will be graded A to D or no award.

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