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Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

SVQ 3 Social Services Children and Young People

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Evening

Duration 51 weeks

Start date Sep 2024

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Course overview

This course is suitable if you work in an early learning or childcare setting offering daycare for children. It is also ideal for anyone working in a setting where you are supporting children and young people with additional needs. On successful completion, you will be eligible to register with the SSSC as a practitioner.

You should be involved in planning and providing a range of play and learning opportunities for the children attending your setting. You will work as part of a team to ensure children’s needs are met in a safe and stimulating environment. The course will cover a wide range of relevant topics that are part of your everyday practice.

This is a work-based qualification, you will be allocated an assessor who will work with you to gather evidence demonstrating you meet the required standards.

The course will take place over 12 months and will include a range of different learning opportunities including; attending monthly classes in college, tutorial sessions with assessors, online learning and research

What you will learn

  • Theoretical approaches to play, development and learning
  • Safeguarding
  • Observation of children & young people
  • Legislation, curriculum and assessment
  • Child development
  • Providing play opportunities
  • Creating play spaces
  • Safe working practices
  • Being a reflective practitioner

Placement information

  • Applicants should be employed in a suitable setting, working with children and young people.

How the course is assessed

  • The course is assessed holistically by reflective accounts, observations, tasks and questions.
  • You will be assigned an assessor who will visit your workplace to undertake observations of your practice.

Number of days per week

  • One 2-hour class per month at Sighthill campus on a Thursday 7-9 pm.
  • Weekly support sessions on a Thursday evening.
  • Regular 1-1 meetings with your workplace assessor, at your workplace, at a college campus or online.

Entry requirements

  • SVQ level 2 Social Services Children and Young People, NC Early Education and Childcare or equivalent
  • You must be working within an early learning or childcare setting
  • Please contact jacqueline.vural@edinburghcollege.ac.uk if you have any questions about entry requirements

Writing a personal statement

Your Personal Statement is an important part of your application and it can help us to decide if you are suitable for the course.

To make sure that you are giving us all the information we need to consider your application fully, please include the following:

  • Your reasons for applying for this course. Why does it interest you? Why are you suitable for this course?
  • Details of any relevant qualifications that you have to meet the course entry requirements.
  • Information about any courses or training you have done that are relevant – this can include certificated training such as First Aid or CPD courses.
  • Details of any work experience (paid or voluntary) that is relevant to the course.
  • Your future career plans – how will this course help you to reach your goals?
  • You should check that the statement is written clearly, and using appropriate language. It’s a good idea to ask someone to proofread the statement before sending it.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 5.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • SVQ 4 Social Services Children and Young People if you are in a senior post
  • PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice

Career options

  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Play Practitioner
  • Registration with the SSSC as a practitioner

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Evening 02/09/24 51 Weeks

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