Early Years

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Early Years and Childcare is a growth industry requiring new and talented people to enter the workforce. Perth College UHI is delighted to be offering a range of relevant and registrable qualifications for those wishing to work in this exciting and important sector. Our aim is to facilitate students to become well-qualified and motivated specialists, delivering what children and their families expect in this positive and valued sector.

Pupils on the Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship course.

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Courses for school pupils

Course nameSchool year
Passport to Childcare S4
NPA Playwork and Childcare S5 and S6 (2 year course)
Children and Young People Foundation Apprenticeship S5 and S6 (2 year course)
Higher Childcare and Development S6

Industry Information

There is a strong government drive for qualified sector staff, with entitlement to free early learning and childcare in Scotland being almost doubled by 2020 for all three and four year olds and eligible two year olds. This has created opportunities  for careers within the early years and childcare sectors. The increased demand for people to work within this field are either within nurseries or at home as childminders offering funded places. An Early Years Practitioner may earn £21,000-£24,000 a  year (£11,000 part-time). Senior posts such as a nursery manager position can earn up to £28,000 annually.