SCQF Level 5
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

This 12-week evening course is a great place to start for people who are interested in working with children and young people. It's designed for career changers taking the first step in finding out whether this it the right choice for them to make.    


The expansion in the early learning and childcare sector at the moment means that there are a high number of employment opportunities available. This course will offer an introduction to working in the sector and help you decide if this is something you want to continue with.                                                                                                                                                   

The course will have taught sessions covering a range of topics relevant to working with children and young people in a range of different settings. The sessions will be interactive and informative with discussions and group work. You'll be expected to take part and share your ideas.

What You Will Learn
  • Child development

  • Play – theory and practice

  • Understanding and supporting children’s behaviour

  • Health, safety and risk assessing

  • Professional practice and values

  • Inclusion and equality

  • Relevant policies and legislation                 

Placement Information

There is not a placement requirement for the course. However it's recommended that you get some work or volunteering experience in a setting with children or young people as part of your preparation for working in the early learning or childhood practice sector. This can help you identify if it's the right career path for you and will also give you the opportunity to link the course topics to work practice.

Some suggestions for volunteer opportunities might be – local Scout or Guide groups, additional support needs play schemes, local schools or nurseries, playgroups, youth clubs.

It’s likely you will be asked to complete a PVG check before volunteering.


Entry Requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements for the course. 
  • An interest and enthusiasm for working with children and young people are important.
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS at 5.5 or equivalent
How the course is assessed
  • There are no formal assessments, however, there will be a chance to submit a written assessment to get tutor feedback.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Full-time or part-time childhood practice courses – the level will depend on your current qualifications and experience.
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • The early learning and childcare sector is expanding and there are a currently a high number of posts available in all local authority areas. This is predicted to continue in the near future.
Number Of Days Per Week
1 evening per week 6.30-8.30pm.
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Karen McDonald

Karen is currently employed in a local authority call centre. She responds to calls for the social work team. Through this post she became interested in working with children and families and wanted to find out more about a career in early learning. She enrolled on our recent ‘Get into childcare’ course and enjoyed it so much that she has since progressed on to a part time HNC Childhood practice course. She is doing a placement in a local family centre and plans to apply for a post there next year.
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