Borders College


In January, seventeen employees from a range of childcare settings embarked on the part-time Pre-Birth to Three Years: Physical and Mental Health Wellbeing course at Borders College, all hoping to gain the knowledge and skills required to enhance their performance and abilities in the workplace.

The whole group successfully achieved their SCQF Level 7 awards (equivalent to an HNC/SVQ unit), and are now applying their learning directly to practice in their roles as Early Years Practitioners across the Scottish Borders.

Jenny Phipps, Programme Leader, said: “I was very pleased by the students’ commitment to their studies as part of an evening class programme as many of them were also working full-time during the day.”

The course is intended to enhance knowledge of the physical and mental health of infants through understanding how the brain develops and the need to provide a stimulating environment – physical, emotional and environmental factors can all influence the overall well-being of infants.  Students also learn how to better support parents, carers and families as a whole.

One student said of their experience following the course, “I find myself reflecting more on my work and feel more confident when talking to other professionals.”

The Pre-Birth to Three Years: Physical and Mental Health Wellbeing course is due to run again in January 2018 – if this is a course you are interested in, you can find out more online at

Published: Thu 31st Aug, 2017