VTF Early Learning & Childcare Academy

Looking to begin a career in childcare?

The Childcare Vocational Training teaches you about the main pillars of Early Learning and Childcare.

It's a practical course which helps you gain useful certificates. You'll also receive support to help you look for a job.

This training will focus on preparing participants to apply for these two roles: ELC Support Worker, ELC Practitioner.

Where: To be confirmed
When: To be confirmed
Costs: Free
Prerequisites: Available in Edinburgh.

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What you will learn - course modules

  • Introduction to working in Childcare – ie. SQA Certificate of Work Readiness units: Practical Workplace Skills; Dealing with Work Situations; Responsibilities of Employment, and preparation for working in childcare/social care and/or elements of NC in Early Education and Childcare at SCQF Level 6 and or 7 (RQF Level 3 and 4) and/or elements of SVQ Social Service (Children and Young People) at SCQF Level 6 and/or 7 (RQF level 3 and 4)
  • SSSC Codes of Practice
  • Infection Control & Hygiene (including Covid regulations, PPE and hand hygiene)
  • Food Hygiene Certificate (REHIS)
  • Emergency First Aid at Work
  • Autism Awareness (National Autistic Society)
  • Emergency First Aid (SQA accredited)
  • Child Protection &/or Understanding Trauma
  • Importance of Play
  • REHIS Allergy Awareness
  •  Environment sustainability and green skills awareness for and within the sector (i.e. carbon reduction, collaborative work and using renewable sources of energy)
  • REHIS Moving and Handling

Please note that modules might change based on employer needs and role requirements.

Support to help you find a job

You'll also get help with:

  • Job application help. Find your own strengths and abilities for your CV and cover letter. Learn how to research employers and focus on job descriptions when applying for jobs.
  • Spoken and written presentation skills. How to show skill, ability and personality in a CV, cover letter or interview. Provide assistance with presentation at interview.
  • Interview Focus (Int & Presentation Skills, Competency Based Interview Answers (STARR) format, Interview planning - hints and tips, Mock Interviews & Feedback.
  • Recap, support, and next steps after the training.

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