Super College enhances Early Years' Provision

Scotland’s largest college is greatly increasing its delivery of early years’ training as part of the Scottish Government’s ambition to expand Early Learning and Child Care provision in Scotland.

City of Glasgow College, together with Glasgow Clyde and Glasgow Kelvin Colleges, is playing a major role in developing the breadth and depth of training which the government’s expansion agenda demands.

The college offers inspiring and innovative approaches to teaching and learning the Early Education and Childcare curriculum, as Kay Sheridan, Faculty Director for Education and Society, explains:

“We strive to educate and inspire excellent practitioners who are committed to the Early Years sector and the learning and development of Glasgow’s youngest children.

“We are working with industry partners to develop technology and resources that will provide simulated learning to better prepare our students for the workforce by widening the concepts of case study, scenario and peer learning."

The college is also helping to tackle the gender gap in Childhood Practice and Early Years by offering fast track part-time options that will support a more diverse group. Its Men into Childcare course has already proved successful while fast track part time HNC programmes will offer career changers the opportunity to qualify while in employment.

“From the start of September, City of Glasgow College will offer a new, one-year Foundation Apprenticeship to senior phase school students with the aim of attracting more young entrants into the profession. This will complement our Modern Apprenticeship programme which is now a major provider across the region and nationally,” added Kay.

Inclusive, responsive and effective options for continuous professional development are a crucial part of the expansion programme. The college’s strong industry partnerships with employers, placement providers and practitioners have enabled it to increase its offer year on year. It now delivers full and part-time NC and HNC programmes together with full time progression from HNC to HND.

For those already working, the college offers a part-time SCQF Level 8 PDA award and has expanded its portfolio to include the full range of SVQ awards for the workforce in all disciplines of Childhood Practice, Playwork and Leadership and Management.

Please visit the college website for more details on its Early Learning and Child Care programmes.