Course aims

This Course is designed as an introduction to Early Education and Childcare at National 5 and gives students an understanding of the demands and responsibilities of working in the sector. This course will develop a wide range of skills including research skills, the ability to evaluate their planning and preparation of play experiences and the ability to set realistic and achievable goals for personal development.

Course progression

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Course description

The Course will be delivered within the school by school staff and students will have opportunities to practice their skills by running crèches and childcare facilities at various school events.

Students will study three compulsory Units:

Students also study the optional Unit:

Students studying this course will be expected to help at crèches at Parents’ Nights in the school as part of their course.


Although there is no final examination, students are assessed by end of Unit tests and the completion of a folio which demonstrates student’s knowledge and understanding in each of the four Units.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

This qualification provides progression to Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Early Education and Childcare or training /employment.