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Flexible child development training for mums, dads, carers, and those interested in a career in childcare.

PLAY-BASE 1

This introductory course focuses on understanding the importance of play in early childhood and working in a play setting with young children.

The course is for the parents and carers of young children who wish to understand more about the development of the child, the importance of play in the early years and how best to support a child's learning. There is also an opportunity to create a learning plan to help students decide what they want to get out of the course and where they might want to go next. Courses are creche supported if at all possible (this depends on available funding). Language and literacy support can also be available if needed.

This course asks questions such as What is play? Why does it matter? How does play affect the learning and development of young children?

Who is this Course for?
This course is for anyone with an interest in the early years child. You may be:

- A parent or carer who would like to understand more about the development of your child and how to best support their learning through play.
- Someone who would like to work with young children in a creche, nursery, or as a childminder in your own home.*
Someone who already works or volunteers with children who would like to develop their knowledge and understanding, and perhaps work towards a qualification.*
- Any of the above who also wants to gain valuable digital skills in a meaningful context.

*Also see Playbase 3 (SCQF Level 3) which introduces you to Professional Practice in Childcare Settings.

How will you support me?
At the beginning of a course you will complete a learning plan to help you focus on what you want to achieve and help you stay on track.

Tutors will offer guidance and feedback on e-tivities and assignments, as well as answering your questions and facilitating a positive and progressive learning environment. We believe you are in charge of your own learning and we are here to support you in getting the most out of our courses.

You will have the opportunity to engage with other students in our forum - a great source of peer learning and support.

If you have reading or language needs, you can seek extra help from our training support worker. Course materials are clearly written so as to be accessible to all.

How much will it cost?
Course fees are £60/£10* (*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits)

PLAY-BASE 2

A ‘next level course which covers play and child development in greater depth.

This course looks at different types of play and how young children develop in different play settings. It explores the roles of mums, dads and playworkers in giving children the right experiences for their age and stage. Other topics include language and storytelling, and the value of observing children at play.

Who is this Course for?
People who would like to take another step towards working with young children. Parents and carers who’d like to know more about their child’s development and how to support their learning through play.

How will you support me?
We’ve written our course notes to make them clearer for people with language or reading needs. Our training support worker can also help you.

How much will it cost?
Course fees are £60/£10* for an eight week course. (*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits)

PLAY-BASE 3 (SCQF Level 3)..

This accredited online course introduces you to childcare as a profession. It consists of readings, e-tivities and an assignment, as well as input from an online tutor and peer learning opportunities. The areas you will cover include:

- A look at different settings where care is provided.
- What works and what enhances a childcare setting, for example enabling mixed age groups.
- Diversity and difference in play settings.
- Working in partnership with parents/carers and other services
- Getting It Right For Every Child - exploring the wellbeing wheel.
- Managing risk in the early years
- Child protection and the role of staff in identifying and responding to concerns about a child.
- The value of outings and the importance of careful planning.
- Preparing for employment or further training.

Who is this Course for?
This course is for people who have a professional interest in the care of young children. These may include:

- Those who are preparing to work with young children.
- Those who already work or volunteer with young children, who don't yet have a qualification.
- Those who would like to study at further education level, but who need a first step course to build their confidence, and ease into learning.
- Parents/Carers who would like an insight into how their children are cared for in nurseries and other care settings.
- Any of the above who seek an entry-level qualification (SCQF Level 3) and an opportunity to gain basic digital skills in a meaningful context.

How will you support me?
At the beginning of a course you will complete a learning plan to help you focus on what you want to achieve and help you stay on track.

Tutors will offer guidance and feedback on e-tivities and assignments, as well as answering your questions and facilitating a positive and progressive learning environment. We believe you are in charge of your own learning and we are here to support you in getting the most out of our courses.

You will have the opportunity to engage with other students in our forum - a great source of peer learning and support.

If you have reading or language needs, you can seek extra help from our training support worker. Course materials are clearly written so as to be accessible to all.

How much will it cost?
Course fees are £100/£25* (*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits (these are defined on the checkout page)

UNDERSTANDING PLAY

This course looks more deeply at child development and explores a range of play that enhances young children’s development and well-being. Two textbooks will add to your understanding. The course also covers behaviour, language development and communicating with parents. You will learn about the early thinkers who formed the base of modern education – Froebel, Montessori and Steiner. Once you complete the course you will have a greater understanding of how children learn and how you can best support their learning.

Who is this Course for?
Playworkers who are keen to extend their standard of childcare practice and education. If you’ve taken Playbase 1, 2 and 3 you can apply for this course, although we prefer students to have experience in a play setting.

How much will it cost?
Course fees are £60/£10* for an eight week course (*The lower cost is for people who receive eligible benefits)

For further information on these courses, please see http://www.playbase.org.uk/courses.

Play-Base offers literacy and language support to its students whenever possible. If you would like to discuss your needs please contact Sam Gardner, Training Support Worker.
Ages
65+, 26 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 17 - 25
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Contact Details
Contact Person: Sam Gardner
Contact Telephone: 0131 554 8873

This record was last modified on: 12 May 2016