Playwork and Childcare NQ

What is special about this course?

This course aims to provide a qualification for people who are interested in working with children in a variety of childcare settings.  The qualification covers the generic knowledge and understanding of working with children combined with skills and qualities to allow you to gain employment in the childcare sector, or to progress to a higher qualification in childcare.

Entry requirements

You should have National 4 qualifications, including English or have suitable experience.  You will be invited to discuss your application with a member of the college staff.  You will undergo an enhanced Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check when you start your course.

You will study units which include:

  • Child Development and Health
  • Rights and Protection of Children
  • The Process of Play
  • Core Skills (IT, Numeracy, Communication)

You will also be expected to attend a work placement in a childcare setting.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may progress onto appropriate Level 6 or 7 qualifications from this course.

This level of qualification allows registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and therefore employment within the childcare sector or progression onto higher qualifications.

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