Intermediate Certificate: Preparation for Early Learning and Childcare

Fife College


Dunfermline (Halbeath) Campus


This course provides an introduction to working with children and develops the skills, values and attributes required to study within the field of childcare. You will learn about the importance of play, child development, how to children’s rights and protection and how to support children with additional support needs. You will also develop the knowledge to organise a safe and secure environment for children while planning and participating in various indoor and outdoor play experiences.

You will study: Development and wellbeing of children and young people; Play in early learning and childcare; Working in early learning and childcare; Contemporary families; Children and young people: rights and protection; Child protection: an introduction; Supporting children and young people with additional support needs; Creating outdoor learning opportunities; Enterprise activity; Communication; Information and communication technology; Numeracy.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 4 including English; or Certificate: First Steps to a Career in Childcare; or Certificate: Practical Care Skills; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 4. Interview and written test.

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

NC Early Education and Childcare or other courses at SCQF Level 6 or other courses at SCQF Level 6

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

6 months


Social Sciences

SCQF Level