First Steps to Childhood Practice

New College Lanarkshire


Motherwell Campus, Coatbridge Campus


This course is ideal if you are looking to undertake a career in Early Learning and Childcare. It enables adults returning to study, or students with few or no qualifications, the opportunity to gain entry to further Early Learning and Childcare courses. Topics covered on the course will provide you with the underpinning knowledge and the skills and qualities needed for working in an Early Learning and Childcare context.

Units covered on this course include:

Child development; Play in the early education and childcare; Working in early education and childcare; STEM: an introduction; Contemporary families; Outdoor play: an introduction; Placement: work experience.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. Interview.

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

Preparation for Playwork and Childcare

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

36 weeks


Early Learning and Childcare

SCQF Level