Early Education and Childcare (Level 6)

Forth Valley College


Alloa Campus, Stirling Campus, Falkirk Campus


This course will develop awareness and understanding of all aspects of children's growth and development from birth to 12 years. It provides the practical skills needed to recognise and meet the needs of the developing child. It will also enhance communication and interpersonal skills and there is a weekly placement (usually two days per week) at an approved establishment selected by the College. The course also provides opportunities to gain the formal qualifications required to progress to HNC level study in relevant disciplines.

Subjects include:
Child development; Child development: Theory; Services for children and young people; Supporting a Curriculum in an Early Education and Childcare setting; Play in early education and childcare; Play in Early Education and Childcare: Workplace; Developing an understanding of working with children; Developing an understanding of working with children: Workplace experience; Supporting Children with Additional Support Needs; Communication; Numeracy; Information and communication technology.

Entry Requirements

4 subjects at National 5 including English; or NC Child, Health and Social Care; or other relevant national qualifications at SCQF Level 5. 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

HNC Childhood Practice

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level