The childhood practice & early education industry continues to grow in response to increased focus from government, creating new job opportunities for qualified and passionate individuals.
One example of this is the Scottish Government’s commitment to provide at least 1140 hours of early learning and childcare for every child from the age of 3 is resulting in a substantial increase in the early years’ workforce.
As a college, we are expanding in line with this demand, offering courses from introductory level right up to HND to prepare you for a career in this growing industry. We also offer additional short courses to better prepare you for working life, such as Paediatric First Aid Certificate, REHIS Elementary Food Hygiene Certificate, and Supervised Tooth Brushing.
We have excellent links with local employers and related organisations, and we use these relationships to benefit our students by bringing in knowledgeable speakers from the industry. Our previous childhood practice students have participated in sessions with the Children’s Commissioner for Scotland, representatives from Home Start and been given the opportunity to attend the Early Years Services Conference.
As a college, we know that not all learning takes place within a classroom or college setting. We take our students out to various different organisations, providing different experiences, with previous students visiting the Risk Factory, Mini Highland Games and Foxlake, all as part of their course.
Our childhood practice students complete substantive placements to allow them to develop the experience needed to progress into a career following their college course. As a student you will get the opportunity to take part in placements working with young people from 0-3 years and 3-5 years in a range of local authority and private settings.