What can I do with my Childhood Practice qualification?

What can I do with my Childhood Practice qualification?

What can I do with my Childhood Practice qualification?

What can I do with my Childhood Practice qualification?

You might be thinking that a childcare course is for you. Or, you might be studying already but not sure what to do next. Childcare doesn’t necessarily mean working in a nursery. The job roles described below take place in a variety of children and young person settings. With growing demand in the sector, now is a fantastic time to take the leap and dive into the world of childcare.

YOU can be a…practitioner in day care of children services.

According to the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), “Practitioners are workers who identify and meet the care, support and learning needs of children and contribute to the development and quality assurance of informal learning activities and/or curriculum. They may also be responsible for the supervision of other workers.”

Typical responsibilities include setting up spaces and resources for play and learning, observing children’s play, communicating with parents, carers and professionals to discuss children’s needs and experiences, developing relationships with children, providing meals and snacks, supporting other staff, involvement in responsive care routines such as nappy changing and washing, tidying up and maintaining resources. In many settings, a large proportion of the day is spent outdoors in any type of weather.

How much does it pay on average? £20,163
Is it growing or declining? Growing by 4%
What can I study? Childhood Practice HNC, Early Education and Childcare NC, Childcare and Play (First Steps), Childcare and Play (Second Steps)

YOU can be a…Manager or Lead Practitioner in day care.

The definition of this job role from the SSSC is: “Managers or lead practitioners in day care of children services are workers who hold responsibilities for the overall development, management and quality assurance of service provision including the supervision of staff and the management of resources.”

How much does it pay on average? £29,699
Is it growing or declining? Growing by 4%
What can I study? Childhood Practice HNC, Childhood Practice PDA

YOU can be a Support Worker in a day care of children services.

The SSSC says “Support workers in day care of children services are workers who have delegated responsibility for providing care and support to children”.

Typical responsibilities include setting up spaces and resources for play and learning under direction, providing support to children during play and helping them with tasks such as hand washing, preparing meals and snacks, and tidying up. In many settings, a large proportion of the day is spent outdoors in any type of weather.

How much does it pay on average? £23,010
Is it growing or declining? Growing by 5%
What can I study? Early Education and Childcare NC, Childcare and Play (First Steps), Childcare and Play (Second Steps)

YOU can be a…Playworker

Play Scotland says “Playwork offers services which open up opportunities for children to play and have the freedom to choose what they want to do. Playwork services allow for risk in play opportunities for children and young people who are usually but not exclusively, between 4 and 16 years of age. Good playwork will always, by its nature, aim to be inclusive of children of different abilities, ethnic background and circumstances.”

Playworkers provide spaces, resources and support to enable children to explore their own play needs and interests. Playwork traditionally takes place in out of school care settings, play ranger services and adventure playgrounds, however many early education settings are tending to place more emphasis on self-directed play.

How much does it pay on average? £15,756
Is it growing or declining? Growing by 3%
What can I study? Childhood Practice HNC, Early Education and Childcare NC, Childcare and Play (First Steps), Childcare and Play (Second Steps)

Find out more about our childcare courses or if you have any questions email courseinfo@edinburghcollege.ac.uk.

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