Early Learning and Child Care

Every child deserves the best start in life to grow up happy, healthy and confident. You can help make sure this happens.

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be prepared for a wide range of different childcare roles. Look after young children as a nanny, nursery worker or childminder. Organise fun activities which help young people build their self esteem as a playworker. Give children and their families vital support as a social worker.

In Scotland, over 203,000 people work in social services. The number of jobs are still growing, and there are great opportunities for progression, too.

Two of our Social Services and Healthcare Foundation Apprentices have shared their story:

What will I learn?
For your National Progression Award, your topics will be:

  • Safeguarding of Children and Young People
  • Play for Children and Young People
  • Communication with Children and Young People
  • Development of Children and Young People
  • Promote the Wellbeing and Safety of Children and Young People

To achieve your SVQ units, you’ll be assessed as part of your work placement. You’ll learn how to communicate effectively, support the health and safety of yourself and individuals, develop your own knowledge and practice, and support the safeguarding of children.

Your Foundation Apprenticeship will also help you to develop core skills valued by employers, particularly communication, problem solving, working with others and time management. These transferable skills are necessary and highly desirable for working in a range of other related jobs.

Entry requirements:
A good level of English and Mathematics (National 5). You must also demonstrate a genuine interest in working with children.


Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: April 2023 
Gardyne Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tue 9am-4pm

1 year option (6th year)
Gardyne Campus: Mon, Tue, Wed 2-5pm & Thurs 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9am-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning.

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at APT@dundeeandangus.ac.uk or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).