Men into Childcare (NPA Social Services (Children & Young People) ) NPA

What is special about this course?

West Highland College UHI will introduce a new "Men into Childcare" course designed to help male students develop the skills and knowledge required by employers and service users to increase the number of male childcare workers in the local area.

According to the Scottish Government, in 2018 around 4% of the daycare of children workforce were male. Similarly, in 2016-17 4.18% of the enrolment of 1793 to HNC Childhood Practice were men. The Scottish Government is undertaking a nationwide campaign to encourage more males to undertake qualifications in early learning and childcare. Increasing the number of men in childcare means children will benefit from different perspectives and have more male role models to look up to.

This course will allow male students to develop their skills and knowledge in a number of childcare subjects and will prepare them for working with young children. It will also prepare students for the possibility of taking their learning to a higher level by progressing to NC and HNC courses should they wish to further their skills.

Entry requirements

  • Interest in working in early education and childcare
  • Male
  • Play for Children & Young People
  • Communication with Children & Young People
  • Safeguarding of Children & Young People
  • Promote the Wellbeing and Safety of Children & Young People
  • Development of Children & Young People
  • Research in Care
  • Experiencing College
  • Presenting Information

How will I study my course?

    This course is available in all of our college centres.

    You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

    Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

    How long will my course last?

    10 Weeks

    Evening 6.30 – 8.30 plus online study

    Where can I study my course?

      • Auchtertyre
      • Broadford
      • Fort William
      • Gairloch
      • Kilchoan
      • Kinlochleven
      • Mallaig
      • Portree
      • Strontian
      • Ullapool

    Start date

    This course will run twice a year, staring in October and again in February.


    Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

    Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

    If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

    If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

    If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Progression from this course will include NC Early Education & Childcare and HNC Childhood Practice. Successful students already in employment could also undertake the SVQ2 Social Services (Children & Young People) qualification to allow them to register as a practitioner with the SSSC.

    Is there more information available online?

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    We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.