Playwork and Childcare (NPA)

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus, Cumbernauld Campus, Coatbridge Campus


The NPA Playwork and Childcare supports learners to gain knowledge and understanding that will help them to contribute to play and development of children and young people. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their personal qualities, knowledge and skills in play, playwork and childcare, communication and development wellbeing, and health and safety surrounding the topic.

The course comprises of units, which cover topics such as play, child development, children’s rights, working with children and young people. The learner will be placed within a playwork or childcare setting one day per week. This is a beneficial opportunity as it enables learners to apply their theory to practice.

Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People; Working with Children and Young People;
Rights and Protection; The Process of Play; Practice of Play; Supporting Children and Young People in a Play Setting.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 including English. An interview is part of the selection process. You must also provide one suitable reference.

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

NQ Early Education and Child Care; or Education Support Assistance (PDA)

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Learning and Child Care

SCQF Level