From 2020, all children from the age of 3 in Scotland will be entitled to 30 hours of free childcare per week (school term).

To meet this demand, the Scottish Government has announced a significant increase in childcare training places to help deliver the additional workforce required. Scotland needs around 11,000 new childcare workers by 2020 including a mix of new start practitioners and managers.

We offer courses to meet this demand at Inverness College UHI.





The NC qualifies you to work as a childcare support worker, while our HNC allows you to work as a childhood practitioner.

Our courses look at children in a holistic way, considering their entire wellbeing through, for example, child development, observation, emotions and social support.

Workplace placements play a critical part in all our childcare courses and we work closely with employers, supporting students to gain employment on completion of their studies.

All our staff come from a practice base, with some still working in the industry, meaning the teaching is current and responsive to what’s happening in the workplace.


Julie Jones

Care Practice lecturer Julie Jones worked in childcare for 16 years before becoming a full-time lecturer 2 years ago. She's worked within day care, out of school care and in a school nursery:

"I loved working as a childcare practitioner as I knew I had the opportunity to help build the next generation. Watching a child learn something new, seeing their face light up, I knew I was in a wonderful career. Now, as a lecturer, I get to support people who want to make Scotland the best place to grow up and it's amazing."