Why should I get into ELC?
The Expansion of Early Learning and Childcare
The Scottish Government is committed to providing all 3 and 4 year olds, and eligible 2 year olds, with 1140 hours of funded early learning and childcare by 2020. This is nearly double the current entitlement.
Local Authorities and partners are recruiting more staff to be able to offer the 1140 hours, meaning there will be lots of opportunities for skilled practitioners - if you are looking for a career with great prospects this could be the career for you!
What is it like?
Working in early learning and childcare is unlike any other job. You work with a team of like-minded people to shape the next generation by planning activities and curriculum based learning to help children develop their skills and personalities.
Children learn best when they are having fun so expect a lot of laughter along the way and great motivation when the children respond positively to activities you do with them.
But don't take it from us...click below to hear from some practitioners who get to work with our young learners on a daily basis!
I applied to Aberdeen University to study my BA in childhood practice while I was living in Australia. As a family we had decided after 3 years it was time to move home and having worked with children and families for 20 years and gained several relevant qualifications I wanted to be up to date with current good practice, legislation and documentation in Scotland. I was slightly apprehensive about undertaking the BA given it had been several years since I had studied, I worked full time and had a family life to juggle. My worries soon disappeared when I started the course. The structure of the course was designed to support work load- giving suggestions of weekly tasks to keep on track. Suggested reading articles were built in and the forum between students was invaluable. The support and attitude of the lecturing team was amazing, giving the correct level of help and assistance balanced with challenge to develop skills. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to anyone looking to progress within childcare and education, this is a very relevant and current qualification within Scotland. My advice - go for it you absolutely wont regret it!!!
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