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Childhood Practice Training and CPD

We offer a range of professional qualifications to meet registration requirements and enable support workers, practitioners and managers to progress in their chosen careers. We also provide continuous professional learning opportunities to refresh knowledge and build skills.

Our courses can be delivered on campus, at your workplace or virtually via MS Teams or online open learning packages.

Professional qualifications

Many of our courses are designed to meet the registration requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council. We offer college-based qualifications including the HNC Childhood Practice for practitioners, PDA Level 8 Childhood Practice for aspiring leaders/managers, and PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice for managers of childhood practice settings.

We also deliver workplace-based SVQ courses including the SVQ Social Services Children and Young People and SVQ Playwork qualifications. Our SVQ delivery is flexible and includes regular underpinning knowledge sessions with assessors, delivered online or on campus.

CPD courses

Our team delivers SQA-accredited CPD units designed to support you in developing your knowledge and skills and to keep up to date with developments in the sector. We have a selection of units from the HNC Childhood Practice, along with individual SVQ units and these units can also be used to build credits for anyone interested in progressing to study at a higher level with us or at university. 

We also offer the Award in Forest Kindergarten. This qualification meets the needs of practitioners who would like to set up regular off-site visits to a local wood or nearby green space for children in their care. 

Bespoke training

We can create a customised training programme tailored to your team or business requirements, please contact us to discuss. Examples of customised training we have offered include:

  • Supporting children with additional support needs
  • Promoting children’s health and wellbeing
  • Safeguarding strategies for children and young people
  • Leadership in a childhood practice setting
  • Working collaboratively with colleagues and other professionals
  • Pedagogical approaches to supporting play
  • Introduction to playwork theory
  • Nurture and trauma-informed practice
  • Award in Forest Kindergarten – this can be delivered at your setting for a group of staff
We loved working with Edinburgh College to create bespoke training for our Early Years team. The content was spot on, and we felt that the course leader really listened to what we needed. The format of the course was interactive and engaging with lots of variety and the facilitation was excellent. The course leader delivered the course with patience and flexibility, and had an amazing ability to get our chatty team back on track at the same time as making people feel valued and heard.
Scottish Book Trust, bespoke training delivered December 2022

Childhood Practice Training at Edinburgh College

Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Award in Forest Kindergarten

The SQA-certificated Forest Kindergarten course has been developed to meet the needs of practitioners who would like to ...

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Granton Campus


Study mode
Part time

Childhood Practice & SVQ Provision

Childhood Practice - Flexible CPD units

This course offers professional development for those already working with children and young people in a childcare sett...

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Outreach - Multiple Sites


Study mode
Open learning

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