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Building Curriculum for Excellence into Early Education and Childcare Training Programmes Julie Brechin Jewel and Esk College. ‘I really enjoyed the conference and the trip to Edinburgh last year.’.
Jewel and Esk College
‘So did I but I don’t need to do anything about Curriculum for Excellence as it’s not in the Units I deliver’
In early education and childcare courses students can learn through the capacities of CfE.
‘Skills for Work’ was the first course developed under these principles. Not just for the under 18s but for all ages.
A message from a successful learner:
‘ I started off in ‘an intro to childcare’ course and now I am going to university. I learned how to study and to believe in myself’’ (Charlotte aged 42, ‘2nd chance to learn’)
Remember the some parts of a Unit Specification are mandatory others are for guidance only.
OUTCOME 1: Explain the importance of a curriculum in an early education and childcare setting.
a) Explain what is meant by the term curriculum.
b) Describe current curriculum models relevant to early education and childcare settings.
c) Describe the key components of current curriculum models relevant to early education and childcare settings.
d) Explain how current curriculum models can be used to support the care, learning and development of the child within an early education and childcare setting.
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Awards at all levels
DN1H 35: Managing Quality in Early Education and Childcare Settings
Outcome 1: Investigate legislative, national and local requirements in respect of ensuring quality in Early Education and Childcare Settings.
Knowledge of current national curriculum or playwork guidelinesLearning about Curriculum for Excellence
Evidence Requirements are mandatory but teaching packs and Assessment Exemplars are for guidance only
Scotland's Colleges website provides key links to information, resources and professional development opportunities for staff involved in implementing and embedding the principles, experiences and outcomes of Curriculum for Excellence to meet the four capacities through the delivery of the HNC: Early Education and Childcare.
The interact web pages direct staff through the capacities to individual units of the HNC and into appropriate material. This can be used to support learning on the HNC but also used to underpin SVQs and other Awards.
Centre devised assessments should be altered to reflect CfE, the instrument of assessment and the marking guidance should reflect ‘current practice’. Internal verification should be used to ensure the robustness of assessments and material can be sent to SQA for prior moderation.
NABs and ASPs should be reviewed regularly and the marking guidance amended through internal verification.
Marking is at the ‘discretion of the marker’.
Care Scotland: 0845 2135205
Mary Hainey (SQA Qualification Manager):