The part-time evening HNC Childhood Practice is for applicants interested in a career in
the early education, childcare or playwork sectors or for those wishing to
pursue further study for example, within Childhood Practice or Primary
Education. This qualification is accepted by the Scottish Social Services
Council for registration as a practitioner in daycare of children service.
This is a nationally recognised qualification and
valued award for people who want to work in a variety of settings, supporting
children and young people with varying needs.
This course will give you a deep understanding of
working with children and young people and will help you to integrate
knowledge and theory into practice, including the importance of the National
Care Standards and Scottish Social Services Council Codes of Practice.
From this course, you can apply for registration as
a Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) professional and go into employment
within nurseries, playgroups, after school clubs and other play schemes. A
career in childhood practice is more than just a job. With plenty of
opportunities for progression, each day can be different, full of variety and
full of adventures. Take your next step towards changing your life and the
lives of children.
During the course, the students will learn
values, skills and knowledge to enable them to support children and young
people. This will include:
an understanding of the values and principles that underpin work in childhood
how the National Care Standards and SSSC Codes of Practice inform working
practices in the childhood practice sector
an understanding of the variety of childhood practice settings in the sector
skills appropriate for working with and supporting a wide range of individuals
in childhood practice settings
how to ensure inclusion in everyday work practice
evaluating your practice and being a reflective practitioner
- Developing good working knowledge of current legislation, policy and guidance
- This course has a mandatory work placement
- There are specific units of study in this course which must be achieved in the workplace
- You will be required to work in a childcare workplace setting for 60 days throughout your course
- This can be in your usual workplace or in voluntary placement
- A minimum of two Highers one of which should be English
- Or pass a relevant NC at SCQF Level 6 or SVQ Level 2 Children’s Care Learning and Development/Social Services Children and Young People
- If you do not have the formal entry requirements but you have significant experience of working with children you will also be considered: please detail this in your personal statement
- It is preferable, but not essential, that applicants have some experience of working in early learning or childcare settings
English Proficiency Requirements
How the course is assessed
- You will be continually assessed through a combination of project work, essays, closed book assessments and presentations.
Progression And Articulation Routes
Download our progression route map here
- This course is intended to enable registration with the SSSC as a practitioner
- BA Childhood Practice
- PDA Childhood Practice Level 9
- HND Childhood Practice
- To progress to higher qualification experience of working in a childcare setting is essential and for many there will also be a requirement to be working in a supervisory role
- Further study options include degree-level courses such as BA Childhood Practice and Level 9 PDA Childhood Practice.
- Midlothian campus - Tuesday 4.30pm-8.30pm over 18 months
- Granton campus – Thursday 7pm-9pm over 2 years
Course Cost And Funding Options
Fee: £777 Midlothian evening (year 1)Fee: £777 Granton evening (year 1)
Student Nicola Brown attended College to take her career in a new direction – swapping hairdressing for a career in childcare. Nicola was the winner of the Childhood Practice Academic Excellence award at the College’s Prize Giving ceremony last month, and we caught up with her to find out about her College journey:
“I am very happy about being recognised at Prize Giving. I have loved meeting so many new people whilst being on this course, and I have made lots of new friends.
A couple months after starting the course I found out I was pregnant and I thought that I would really struggle to complete everything in the course due to taking time off for appointments and working two days as well as being at College. To keep on track, I stuck to a plan and made sure I handed everything in on time and studied regularly. This helped me stay motivated and focused to finish the course before the baby came.
My plan for the future is to take this year off on maternity leave with my new baby and then return next August to complete my HNC in Childcare. My end goal is to become a Childhood Practitioner and work with children.
I would just like to say thank you to my lecturers for their help and support through this course. It means a lot to me and without their positivity and encouragement I don’t know how I would have stayed motivated.”
This course will start on…
- Monday 31/08/2020
- Tuesday 01/09/2020
This course will end on...
- Thursday 01/04/2021
- Friday 18/06/2021