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  • Childcare
  • Industry
  • March 2023
  • Start Date
  • 16+
  • Eligible Age Range

About this programme

NPA Playwork and Childcare is delivered in partnership between Adult Learning Services and West College Scotland.

The NPA in Playwork and Childcare at SCQF level 5 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the playwork, early learning and child care sector.

This NPA develops knowledge and understanding of child development and the role of play, children’s rights and inclusive practice, practical, technical and transferable skills; oral, written and evaluation abilities; resource management; problem solving and planning; and organisational and communication skills.

This qualification covers the following areas for children and young people: development and wellbeing, rights and protection, practice and process. It also includes supporting children and young people in a play setting, an out of school care setting, an early learning and childcare setting, as well as supporting children with additional support needs and providing play sessions in a sport environment.

This entry-level qualification provides some of the basic skills and knowledge required for progression to qualifications that can be recognised by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) for registration.

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for this course. The course will take place 1 day a week, during school hours from March-June and is likely to take place in Barrhead Foundry. We are hoping to confirm the detail soon, but we encourage anyone who is interested to register their interest as soon as possible.

Please note that we need a minimum of 14 students to be able to run this course.

Where you'll be

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  • Address Barrhead Foundry, Main Street, Barrhead, Glasgow, UK
  • City Barrhead
  • Post Code G78
  • Country United Kingdom

Things to know

Updated on February 7, 2023 at 3:08 pm
  • Industry: Childcare
  • Programme Type: Course
  • Eligible Age Range: 16+
  • Qualification Gained: National Progression Award Level 5
  • Start Date: March 2023
  • End Date: June 2023
  • Course Capacity: 20
  • Eligible Groups: Not in Full Time Education, In Receipt of Benefit, Disabled Person, Lone Parent, Homeless / At Risk of Homelessness, Care Experienced, Refugee, Ex-Offender, LGBT+, BME Groups, Substance Misuse, Health Conditions, Long Term Unemployment
  • Attendance Pattern: 1 day a week (during school hours), times to be confirmed
  • Travel Expenses Covered: Yes
  • Postcode Eligibility: East Renfrewshire

Meet your tutor


My name is Rhys Gilmartin and I work as a Community Learning and Development worker in Adult Learning Services for East Renfrewshire Council. I will be working in collaboration with West College Scotland to help deliver the NPA Playwork and Childcare course to adult learners. I am very passionate and enthusiastic when it comes to helping others, which is showcased with my current role but also in my previous roles working within social care as a support worker. Being able to help, motivate and make a positive change in a person’s life is something that I take great pride in if I can achieve it.

Tracy works for East Renfrewshire Council with Adult Learning Services, She is collaborating with West College Scotland to organise NPA Playwork and Childcare in Barrhead.

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