Successful completion of the course will enable you to seek employment and register with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) at support worker level, for working in early learning and care settings. This course is designed for those who are currently employed in a childcare setting. It will provide the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you require to work as a childcare support worker. This is a vocational qualification and you will be assessed by a portfolio of evidence measured against national standards of competency. As much of the evidence for the portfolio is generated in the workplace you will be assigned an individual assessor who will observe your work practice and support you throughout this qualification. This course is accepted for registration with the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC). Visit the SSSC website for more information about registration requirements.

  • Teamwork
  • Confident
  • Adaptable
  • Reflective
  • Resilient
  • Flexible delivery (to be completed in six-nine months).
  • You should ideally be employed as a Support Worker with children and or young people for a minimum of 12 hours per week.
  • Child protection
  • Legislation
  • Observations
  • Child development
  • Play opportunities
  • Maintain environments to supports the needs of children
  • You will learn how to become a reflective practitioner

One of the following:

  • You must be currently employed as a Support Worker in an early learning and childcare setting and have the support of your manager.


  • You will also require a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course.
  • Four National 5 qualifications including English at C or above.
  • SVQ: Social Services Children and Young People SCQF Level 7.
  • HNC: Additional Support Needs: Supporting the Individual SCQF Level 7.
  • HNC: Childhood Practice SCQF Level 7.
  • This SVQ is accepted for registration with the SSSC at Support worker level and will help career enhancement and progression.

  • Stationery – approx. £10.
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise.
  • Provide a personal statement submitted along with application form.
  • PVG scheme membership (can be achieved through the course).