Early Childhood

Open University in Scotland


This certificate is relevant for anyone interested in young children’s learning and development, including practitioners working in early-years settings or those wanting a career working with children from birth to seven years. Combining academic study and practice experience, this certificate prepares you to engage with further study as a foundation for careers working with young children and their families across all sectors.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. Computer and internet access necessary.

You do not need to be with young children in order to study this qualification, however in both core practice-focused modules it is strongly recommended students gain direct experience with young children (birth to 7 years, 11 months).

Students not working with young children (employed or in a voluntary capacity) will need to negotiate opportunities to gain such practical experience. You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

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Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning

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Education, Childhood and Youth

SCQF Level