SCQF Level 6
Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Course Overview

Interested in working in the childcare sector? Want to find out more?

Our Men in Childcare course is delivered in partnership with the very succesful and influential Men in Childcare organisation. They have limited funded places available. Please contact for more information.

It is designed specifically for men interested in finding out more about working with children and young people. Our interactive and engaging evening classes offer the opportunity to learn more about working with children and to achieve an accredited SQA childcare unit. The course is a broad introduction to working in the childhood practice sector including the regulatory and registration requirements.

Read our blog post featuring Kieran, a nursery Team Leader, talking about what it's like to be a male practitioner in the sector.

For further information please contact Duncan Munro at

What You Will Learn
  • The classes include tutor input, group discussions, practical sessions, visits to a nursery and outdoor play environment. Key topics include play, where we examine the importance of play, consider different play spaces and a range of play types and discuss the adult role in supporting play. 
  • We study an introduction to child development and the influences that have an impact on development.
  • For those interested in developing their knowledge, we’ll signpost you to further reading and study
Placement Information


  • Not required – but hands-on experience through voluntary or paid work would be beneficial alongside the course




Entry Requirements


  • A good level of written and spoken English
  • An interest in working with children and young people




English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent


How the course is assessed
  • There are written assessments for the unit using continual assessmnet methods.
Progression And Articulation Routes


  • NC Early Education and Childcare
  • HNC Childhood Practice
  • SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People
  • Full or part-time options available









Career Opportunities
  • Childcare practitioner, early years practitioner, playworker
Number Of Days Per Week
  • The course runs one evening per week 6.30-8.30pm during term time




Course Cost And Funding Options
Course Delivery
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

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