Certificate: First Steps to a Career in Childcare

Fife College


Glenrothes (Stenton) Campus


This course provides an introduction to a childcare career within social services. There’s a great demand for social services workers, from providing practical help and support to keeping vulnerable adults or children safe. It’s a career for people who like people.

You will learn skills required to organise a safe environment for children and plan suitable play experiences for the various stages of development, and study units required for progression into the field of childhood practice.

You will undertake a two-day work placement within a childcare setting, providing you with valuable experience of working with children whilst linking theory to practice. Patterns of placement may vary between campuses.

You will study: Working in early learning and childcare; Child development; Play in early learning and childcare; Care of children; Maintenance of a safe environment for children; History of childcare; Promote the safeguarding of children and young people; The Core Skills of ICT, numeracy and communication will be developed and certificated on this course.

This course incorporates National 4 Skills for Work Early Education and Childcare.

Entry Requirements

2 subjects at National 4 including English or relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 3 or 4. Interview and personal statement.

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.

Progression Routes

Relevant national qualifications

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Social Sciences

SCQF Level