Early Education and Childcare Nat 4 and Nat 5

These Skills for Work qualifications are SQA certificated with students working towards achievement of 4 units in each courseNat5 2014_2015 East Lothian Works (00000003).

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 the pupils who come from various schools in East and Mid Lothian. 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).”