Introductory Courses

Training for Care delivers introductory level courses in childcare and social care. These courses provide an excellent foundation for progression onto our Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeship programmes as well as other care training and employment routes.

We have been delivering introductory level courses in childcare and social care as part of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda since 2014.

If you wish to discuss these programmes in more detail please contact us.

Foundation Apprenticeship Social Services Children and Young People

Foundation Apprenticeships enable school pupils to begin building knowledge and experience in their chosen sector. They are an industry-recognised qualification and are the same level as a Higher. We deliver Foundation Apprenticeships in partnership with Local Authorities.

Early Education and Childcare National 4 and National 5

These Skills for Work qualifications are SQA certificated with students working towards achievement of 4 units in each course.

Early Education and Childcare National 4 is an excellent starting point for participants who want to find out about working in childcare and is suitable for pupils in S3 upwards or school leavers on pathway programmes.

Early Education and Childcare National 5 has been designed to provide a foundation for participants who have a serious interest in a career in childcare typically as a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) registered childcare practitioner as a first step and can be offered to S4 upwards and is suitable for pupils in the senior phase of the school curriculum.

Sessions on each course are varied to include a mix of group discussions, practical fun activities and written work for course portfolios and the programme also includes visits to local nurseries and after school clubs which give students a very positive learning experience.

At the level appropriate to the specific course being undertaken the sessions are designed to give students:

  • a good working knowledge of children’s development from birth to twelve years
  • an awareness of health and safety issues when caring for children
  • an understanding of the importance of play in children’s lives
  • information about different job roles and workplaces within the childcare sector
  • an appreciation of the skills, qualities and values that a childcare practitioner needs to possess


Lead Tutor

Sheila is the lead tutor for our Skills for Work programmes.

“Having a background in private nurseries I have implemented lots of practical activities with the candidates. I really enjoy working with pupils, the dedication shown by them all is fantastic. The programme has seen some of our candidate’s progress to the Children and Young People SCQF Level 7 Award (SVQ3).”


Introduction to Social Care

Our Introduction to Social Care course is designed for pupils who are considering further study or work in Social Care once they leave school. The course combines tutorials, certificated short courses and hands-on work experience and offers participants a valuable opportunity to explore their understanding of what social care is, the values and skills involved, and the types of jobs that are available. The tutorials include group discussion, paired exercises, workbooks and practical activities and cover

  • What is social care
  • Essential skills
  • Moving and Handling Awareness
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Introduction to Food Hygiene
  • 3-4 half days of work experience
  • Evaluation and reflection

Tailored Programmes and Workshops

Training for Care delivers a number of bespoke introductory courses and workshops. Much of our current delivery is in line with the Government’s Developing Young Workforce agenda but we also aim to help people of all ages gain practical skills and knowledge in childcare and social care.

If you have a requirement that you think we can help with please get in touch.