Childhood Practice at SCQF 8 is for people interested in developing their career options in the early education, childcare or playwork sectors and also for those wishing to gain additional credits towards the PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF 9.
The course is made up of the new PDA Childhood Practice at SCQF 8 plus additional units to offer a total of 120 credits over 2 years. This course will give you a deep understanding of professional practice in the early learning and childcare sector and how legislation policy and frameworks should be used effectively to ensure children and young people are supported and valued.
During the course, the students will build on their existing knowledge and skills to:
- Develop their understanding of current frameworks and policy and the ability to analyze how they work in practice
- Research and investigate contemporary theories of leadership and teamwork
- Explore pedagogical approaches to supporting children and young people in their play learning and development
- Identify factors that influence the application and development of their professional practice
- Evaluate the application of regulatory codes and standards for Childhood Practice
- Evaluate accountability and responsibility for continuing professional development within the regulatory framework.
This is an advanced SCQF Level 8 course and will require applicants to demonstrate a good self-study discipline. Our next planned intake for this course is week beginning 22nd January 2018. For any further information please contact Jackie Vural Jacqueline.Vural@edinburghcollege.ac.uk
IMPORTANT - As a future childcare practitioner or an employee in a childcare setting you are required to meet the professional standards governed by The Scottish Social Services Council (The SSSc). This HNC course is a registerable qualification where you will be required when completed to register with the SSSc in order to be employed in childcare. All this may be in the future for you and there is much in the way of study and learning still to go through. We ask that you carefully consider your application in terms of these SSSc standards:- “The SSSC Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers and Employers sets out the standards social workers social care early years and young people’s workers and their employers should meet The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers sets out clear standards of professional conduct and practice that social service workers must meet in their everyday work. Workers are responsible for making sure their practice meets the required standards and that no action or omission on their part harms the wellbeing of people who use services. The Code is part of the wider package of legislation practice standards and employers’ policies and procedures that social service workers must meet. We expect social service workers to meet the standards in the Code and we may take action if registered workers fail to do so”. http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/codes-of-practice/what-are-the-codes-of-practice
- Professional practice
- Legislation and policy
- Developing leadership
- Quality assurance
- Collaborative working
- Applicants should be currently employed in the childhood practice sector.
How Course Is Assessed:
- The course is assessed by a combination of project work essays closed book assessments and presentations.
Number of Days per week:
- One evening session (6.30 – 8.30) per week over 2 academic years 0 day of the week yet to be confirmed.
- Applicants should have an award accepted by the SSSC to register as a practitioner (for example HNC Childhood Practice SVQ 3 Social Services (Children and Young People) SVQ 3 Playwork)
- You should also have been working in the childhood practice sector for at least 1 year
- Staff who work in nurseries afterschool clubs and childcare provision are required to register with the SSSc – The Scottish Social Services Council. Details of registration requirements can be found at http://www.sssc.uk.com/registration
- PVG = Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This PVG Scheme is for all those who work - whether paid or unpaid - with children and protected adults in the UK that would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these groups. Detail of the PVG Scheme can be found http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/08/04111811/1
- In addition, non employed a PVG will be required for external non-employed applicants. All staff who work in a childcare setting are required to register with the SSSc – The Scottish Social Service Council. “The Code of Practice for Social Service Workers is a list of statements that describe the standards of professional conduct and practice required of social service workers as they go about their daily work”. The SSSc code of conduct can be found here:- http://www.sssc.uk.com/about-the-sssc/multimedia-library/publications/37-about-the-sssc/information-material/61-codes-of-practice/1020-sssc-codes-of-practice-for-social-service-workers-and-employers
- PVG = Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. This PVG Scheme is for all those who work - whether paid or unpaid - with children and protected adults in the UK that would confirm that there is no known reason why an individual should not work with these groups. Detail of the PVG Scheme can be found here:- http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2011/08/04111811/1
English Proficiency Requirements:
- This course will give you the skills and knowledge to take on a senior role in an early learning or childcare setting.
- PDA Childhood Practice at SCFQ 9
- BA Childhood Practice.
Fees - Information about funding can be found here
Fee: £686 Milton Road part-time (year 1)
This course will start week commencing...