Early Learning and Childcare

Introduction to Playwork and Childcare


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The NPA Playwork and Childcare supports learners to gain knowledge and understanding that will help them to contribute to the play and development of children and young people. Learners will have the opportunity to develop their personal qualities, knowledge, and skills in play, playwork and childcare, communication and development wellbeing, and health and safety surrounding the topic. The course comprises of units, which cover topics such as play, child development, children’s rights, working with children and young people. The learner will be placed within a playwork or childcare setting one day per week. This is a beneficial opportunity as it enables learners to apply their theory to practice.

Your place on the course will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure Scotland check in the form of a PVG.  

Course Information

This National Progression Award is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • School leavers who have previously worked at National 5 and have evidence of four National 5's at C and D grade with National 5 English or Communications essential.  
  • Relevant experience will also be considered.
  • Adults returning to education may wish to apply to enhance their career prospects.
  • Development and Wellbeing of Children and Young People.  
  • Working with Children and Young People.
  • Rights and Protection.
  • The Process of Play.
  • Practice of Play.
  • Supporting Children and Young People in a Play Setting.

This course offers placement. Due to the type of placement experience offered placement finish time may extend to 18.00 hours      

Successful completion of the course may allow progression on to the NQ (Level 6) Early Education and Childcare or the PDA (level 6) Education Support Assistance.

The NPA is a recognised entry level qualification, which will allow for the recognition of knowledge and skills prior to progression to a registerable qualification with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC).

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