Working in Early Learning & Childcare SCQF Level 4

Explore various key concepts in working with young children.


Why take this course?

This Unit allows you to develop a basic understanding of the early education and childcare sector and to explain ways in which the sector meets the care, learning and development needs of children aged 0–12. You will consider career options within the sector and the skills, qualities, attitudes and qualifications required to fulfil these roles. You will reflect on your own skills, qualities, attitudes and achievements in relation to these.

There is no requirement for candidates to have a placement within an early education and childcare setting but the candidate will carry out an investigation of the sector. This may require the candidate to visit early education and childcare settings. This Unit is a mandatory Unit in the National 4 course Early Education and Childcare and has been designed to be taken as part of this course.

What you will experience

The Unit is suitable for candidates who may be considering employment in the early education and childcare sector and who wish to progress to further levels of study in early education and childcare. The Outcomes covered within this unit are: 

  1. Contribute to a group investigation into provision in the early education and childcare sector;
  2. Evaluate the skills, qualities and attitudes required to work in the early education and childcare sector;
  3. Investigate and plan career options in the early education and childcare sector.
female with childcare book

Key facts

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Entry requirements

Entry to this course is at the discretion of the College. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience: 

  • Learners should be working at SCQF Level 4 when undertaking these units, particularly in English or Communications. 
  • In terms of prior learning and experience, relevant experiences and outcomes may also provide an appropriate basis for doing this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon completion of this unit, candidates may wish to complete one of the other three mandatory components which make up the National 5 Early Education and Childcare course:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
3 March 2020 8 Weeks Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm £110.00
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The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

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