Access to Childhood Practice (SWAP)

Ayrshire College


Ayr Campus, Kilmarnock Campus


This course is designed to provide you with a strong understanding of Early Learning and Childcare. You’ll learn the theory behind daily practice and gain the skills to lead and support children’s learning through practical play experiences with the local community. The valuable qualities you’ll develop will not only make you perfect for a career in Early Years, but can be transferred to other aspects of life, education and work.

This course will develop your skills and knowledge in the following areas:

development of children and young people in an education setting; supporting language, literacy and numeracy; protecting and supporting children’s rights; and, providing an inclusive curriculum in childhood practice.

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements. The course is specifically for adults who have been out of full-time education for at least 5 years. Entry subject to interview and 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

HNC Childhood Practice or HNC Additional Support Needs

Start Date



Access to FE/HE

Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year


Early Years

SCQF Level