Play in Early Learning & Childcare SCQF Level 4

Explore the benefits of a variety of types of play.


Why take this course?

This Unit allows you to develop a basic understanding of the benefits of a variety of types of play to children aged 0–12 years. You will learn how children benefit from a range of play experiences through planning, setting up and reviewing play experiences, either in a real or simulated context. You do not require to have a work placement to complete this Unit but may benefit from visiting early education and childcare settings which offer high quality child-centred play provision.

This Unit is a mandatory Unit in the National 5 course Early Education and Childcare but is also suitable for candidates wishing to study the Unit on its own.

What you will experience

The Unit is suitable for candidates who may be considering employment in the childcare and education. The Outcomes covered in the unit are;

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the benefits of play experiences for children aged 0–12 years
  • Plan play experiences for children aged 0–12 years
  • In a real or simulated context, implement planned play experiences for children aged 0–12 years
  • Evaluate planned play experiences for children aged 0–12 years
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Key facts

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Entry requirements

Entry to this course is at the discretion of the College. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience: 

  • Learners should be working at SCQF Level 4 when undertaking these units, particularly in English or Communications. 
  • In terms of prior learning and experience, relevant experiences and outcomes may also provide an appropriate basis for doing this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

Upon completion of this unit, candidates may wish to complete one of the other three mandatory components which make up the National 5 Early Education and Childcare course:



Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
7 January 2020 8 Weeks Tuesday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm £110.00
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If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

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The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

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Telephone: 01224 612330

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